MIGS may sound like just another acronym you need to add to your already long list of texting acronyms, but this one is medical based. In the world of ophthalmology, we use MIGS to explain Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgeries. Although surgical procedures can be extremely effective at treating glaucoma, non-surgical options are gaining more and more popularity because of their results and fast recovery time. As three MIGS procedures that are gaining traction, the iStent, CyPass, and Xen are worth learning more about.
This type of MIGS procedure is ideal for patients with moderate glaucoma and cataracts. The iStent is not only 20,000 times smaller than a traditional intraocular lens, but it has gained extreme popularity for its ability to drain fluid and get rid of pressure that has built up in the eye due to glaucoma. Traditionally, the iStent is done in conjunction with cataract surgery.
Another popular way to treat glaucoma? The CyPass. Similar to the iStent, the CyPass is also a stent that is placed in the eye during cataract surgery. With its unique curved shape, the CyPass conforms to the natural curvature of the eye without interfering with your vision.
Unlike other stents, the Xen stent is popular because it is made up of a gel-like substance which makes it softer and typically a bit more comfortable for patients with refractory glaucoma. Only about the size of an eyelash, the Xen stent is so small that you won’t ever know that it’s there but because of its gel substance, it won’t dissolve over time.
There are many new minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries available on the market. If you would like to learn more about iStent, CyPass, and Xen, contact Dr. David Aizuss today!