Redefining Glaucoma Surgery with MIGS
Advances in the development of Micro-Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) have brought new excitement to glaucoma treatment. Most commonly used in patients with mild-to-moderate open-angle glaucoma undergoing cataract surgery, MIGS refers to a group of surgical procedures that share the following features.
• Ab interno microincision
• Minimal trauma
• High safety profile
• Rapid recovery
MIGS is recognized as a minimally invasive treatment option that can reestablish the eye’s physiological outflow, in order to reduce intraocular pressure (IOP).1
Many physicians agree that restoring physiological outflow is preferable in the majority of patients. Compared to more invasive glaucoma surgeries with high complications and risks prolonged with postoperative recovery, MIGS procedures have minimal morbidity, fast recovery, and few complications.*
Glaukos pioneered MIGS to revolutionize the traditional glaucoma treatment and management paradigm with the iStent® Trabecular Microbypass Stent—the first MIGS device approved by the FDA.
*Indications for MIGS are different compared to invasive glaucoma surgeries and do not include patients with advanced disease or patients who require very low unmedicated postoperative IOP.
1. Saheb H. Ahmed II. Micro-Invasive glaucoma surgery; current perspectives and future directions. Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2012; 23(2):96-104.
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