What is Minimally Invasive glaucoma surgery?
At West County Ophthalmology, we offer our patients who have glaucoma many options for glaucoma surgery, including minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS). Glaucoma is a vision-threatening condition wherein rising intraocular pressure causes damage to the optic nerve. When left untreated, glaucoma can progress to irreversible vision loss. The key to managing glaucoma effectively is early detection and consistent treatment by a professional ophthalmologist. Glaucoma surgery typically aims to slow the progression of the illness by creating channels for fluid to drain more seamlessly from the eye, which, in turn, can lower the rising intraocular pressure which would otherwise damage the optic nerve. If you have glaucoma, then contact one of our facilities to learn about your glaucoma surgery options, including minimally invasive glaucoma surgery in Chesterfield or O'Fallon, MO.
How is glaucoma surgery performed?
Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery can be done at the time of cataract surgery and, like most other glaucoma surgeries, can be performed as an outpatient procedure under a local anesthetic. MIGS will often be suggested if medications or daily eye drops have not proven effective or have caused undesirable side effects. To perform this procedure, your ophthalmologist will create an incision in, or implant a small device into, your eye to help create new channels by which fluid can drain.
Recovery time can vary from patient to patient depending on the type of glaucoma surgery they receive. All patients will need to follow up with their physician to ensure that their surgery was successful and that intraocular pressure is decreasing.
Hope for glaucoma patients
A glaucoma diagnosis may cause some fear that you will lose your vision and be unable to do many of the things that you now love. However, glaucoma patients who maintain regular appointments with their ophthalmologist and follow their treatment plan can effectively slow the progression of the disease and significantly decrease their odds of total vision loss. If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma, then contact one of our West County Ophthalmology centers to learn more about glaucoma treatment options, including minimally invasive glaucoma surgery.
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