Minimally Invasive Glaucoma

Minimally Invasive Glaucoma

What Is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a disease characterized by permanent damage to the optic nerve that results from pressure buildup inside the eye. It occurs when the eye does not drain fluid properly, like a clogged drain. Because there are usually no symptoms, glaucoma is known as the “silent thief of sight.”

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What Is Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery?

Micro-invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS), describes a new genre of procedures and devices to treat glaucoma. It’s called “microinvasive” or “minimally invasive” because the tools required are microscopic in size and the incision is tiny. These procedures are predicated by extreme safety, quick recovery, and are minimally traumatic to the anatomy and physiology of the eye.

Usually performed in conjunction with cataract surgery, they are performed through a very small incision. Before MIGS, treatment options for glaucoma were limited to eye drops, lasers, and traditional glaucoma surgeries. Our Houston Glaucoma Surgeons utilize the MIGS technologies below. Dr. Sanders and Dr. Salem will perform a thorough eye exam and determine which procedure is best for you.

The iStent

iStent: The smallest implant in the human body, the iStent creates a bypass between the front part of your eye and it’s natural drainage pathway (trabecular meshwork) to increase the flow of fluid. It can be inserted at the time of cataract surgery to improve your eye’s natural outflow to safely lower intraocular pressure.

KDB: The Kahook Dual Blade (KDB)

KDB: The Kahook Dual Blade (KDB) is an elegant, single-use, ophthalmic blade designed to excise a strip of tissue It can be a stand-alone procedure or performed in combination with cataract surgery in patients with mild to moderate glaucoma.