The progressive and sight-threatening nature of glaucoma often requires those with the condition to receive consistent treatment. Thanks to advances in technology, there are now more options available for the surgical treatment of glaucoma beyond traditional methods.
At Cumberland Eye Care, we are proud to offer our patients MIGS to help control glaucoma, reduce eye pressure and prevent vision loss.
What is MIGS?
MIGS, or minimally invasive glaucoma surgery, is a type of surgery that aims to treat glaucoma. High eye pressure, which can damage the optic nerve, is one of the main causes of glaucoma, and lowering it can help control the eye condition and prevent further damage to your vision. MIGS procedures are less invasive causing less disruption to the surrounding structures of the eye by using small incisions and specialized instruments.
High eye pressure, which can damage the optic nerve, is one of the main causes of glaucoma, and lowering it can help control the eye condition and prevent further damage to your vision. MIGS procedures are less invasive causing less disruption to the surrounding structures of the eye by using small incisions and specialized instruments.
Your eye doctor at Cumberland Eye Care will help determine the best option for your specific case.
What MIGS Procedures Do the Eye Doctors at Cumberland Eye Perform?
At Cumberland Eye Care, our glaucoma specialists are proud to offer this advanced glaucoma treatment to help prevent vision loss and halt the progression of glaucoma. Here are some of the MIGS procedures offered at Cumberland Eye Care:
The iStent is a tiny implant, about the size of a grain of rice, that your surgeon can place in your eye at the time of cataract surgery. Once the iStent is in place, it will create a permanent opening in the trabecular meshwork (the drain in the eye) to help fluid flow more freely and reduce eye pressure. This device is only approved for implantation at the same time cataract surgery is performed.
The Hydrus Microstent is a small implantable device used to treat glaucoma. During glaucoma surgery with the Hydrus Microstent, your eye surgeon will insert the device through a small incision at the time of cataract surgery. Once in place, the Hydrus microstent will widen the drainage channels for a more efficient outflow of fluid while at the same time bypassing the trabecular meshwork.
The OMNI device is a unique MIGS that uses an implant-free approach to help lower eye pressure and treat glaucoma. The OMNI system is a single-use handheld device that allows your eye surgeon to perform potentially two minimally invasive procedures simultaneously. First, using a microcatheter to dilate the eye’s main drainage channel and remove blockages to help lower eye pressure. This procedure may be performed alone, separate from cataract surgery, or as a “primer” for placement of either iStent or Hydrus during cataract surgery. Second, if not placing an iStent or Hydrus, the surgeon may choose to use the same OMNI microcatheter to additionally gently open the trabecular meshwork that covers the main drainage channel. This procedure can be used to treat up to 360 degrees of the eye based on the severity of the glaucoma.
Are you interested in learning more about MIGS? Schedule an appointment at Cumberland Eye Care in Crossville, TN, today!