Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS)

About Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS)

Glaucoma is a progressive disease where the optic nerves get damaged due to an increase in intraocular pressure (IOP). This increased IOP may be relieved either by improving the drainage of aqueous fluid from the eyes or decreasing the amount of aqueous fluid that the eye produces. Medications, laser, or surgery may be used in achieving this result. 

Traditional glaucoma surgeries have advanced over many decades and are very effective. However, these procedures have a potential for higher side effects and complications. Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS), also known as Micro Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS), is a group of glaucoma surgeries that are a recent advancement for the surgical treatment of glaucoma. These surgeries are being favored over traditional glaucoma surgeries since they provide a better safety profile while delivering mild to moderate IOP lowering.

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MIGS uses microscopic devices to facilitate small incision surgery. These group of devices can be thought of in three broad categories based on how they relieve IOP:

  1. Enhancing fluid outflow using the eye’s own drainage system (GATT, Kahook Dual Blade Goniotomy, Trabectome, iStent, Hydrus Micro Stent)
  2. Moving the aqueous fluid to the outside of the eye (XEN Gel Stent)
  3. Decreasing production of fluid within the eye (Endocyclophotocoagulation or ECP). 

Some MIGS devices are approved by the FDA to be performed only in conjunction with cataract surgery (iStent Inject, Hydrus Micro Stent). A Xen Gel Stent and now iStent Infinite, however, may be inserted with or without cataract surgery.

MIGS performed at Alabata Eye Center include: iStent Inject, iStent Infinite, Hydrus Micro Stent, and Xen Gel Stent

Since MIGS uses microscopic implants to decrease IOP, it offers faster recovery times, fewer side effects, and less complications when compared to conventional glaucoma surgery.

Schedule now by completing this form or calling us at (850) 331-3937 to discuss with Dr. Phil Alabata if you are a candidate for Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery. A referral is not required.