Due to the fantastic innovations in glaucoma management technologies over the past few years, the majority of patients diagnosed with glaucoma can access an incredible number of new options to manage their disease. Most of these treatments fall into the category of MIGS, or minimally invasive glaucoma surgery. At Kirk Eye Center, we are pleased to offer MIGS techniques, as well as various other new laser treatments for our patients. MIGS techniques use microscopic incisions and devices to ease internal eye pressure to avoid or slow further trauma to the optic nerve. MIGS is a safe option that can be performed at most stages of glaucoma. Call our River Forest or Gurnee, IL office today to set up your MIGS consultation with our expert eye team.
Can MIGS Treat My Glaucoma?
Only an experienced ophthalmologist can judge whether or not you are an ideal candidate for MIGS or laser therapy. Each of the several kinds of glaucoma can occur with different degrees of seriousness, which means every patient needs an individualized treatment plan to manage their intraocular pressure. The most suitable candidates for MIGS:
- Aren't at elevated risk for severe progression
- Are diagnosed with both glaucoma and cataracts
- Are over 18 years of age
- Have mild to moderate glaucoma
- Have uncontrolled intraocular pressure despite eye drops or wish to reduce medication burden
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"I am typically not the type of person who posts a review, but I have been a patient at Kirk Eye Center for the past 25 years and I cannot emphasize enough how amazing this practice is at helping people achieve wonderful vision! The doctors at Kirk Eye Center have guided me towards perfect eyesight from the time I wore glasses, followed by contact lenses for many years, and most recently the Lasik vision corrective surgery. Each doctor is extremely knowledgeable, polite, and caring. The staff at Kirk Eye Center is warm and friendly, and my entire experience has been nothing but positive. I have already insisted to my younger brother that he schedule a Lasik consultation as soon as possible so that he can receive the same magnificent care and results that were provided to me! I would recommend Kirk Eye Center to any person in search of top-notch vision correction as well as fantastic overall service."- M.K. / Google / Jun 11, 2020
"This is the first anniversary of my laser cataract surgery with Kirk Eye Center and I just wanted to say my vision has never been better. I'm 20/20 for distance and only need standard 2.5 power reading glasses for reading. I am very grateful to Drs. Scott and Carter Kirk for the great job they did. Everyone in the office is very courteous and professional and my wife and I will always go to them in the future for all our vision needs."- R.F. / Google / Jun 11, 2020
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What To Expect with MIGS
The extensively knowledgeable ophthalmologists are proud to provide MIGS surgeries for Kirk Eye Center patients. As soon as we have decided that someone is eligible for MIGS, we will go over all of their available options. Our team specializes in several MIGS techniques, and all of them are carried out using the most cutting-edge technology. Usually, MIGS treatments are performed on an outpatient basis and are completed fairly quickly. Several MIGS procedures take under 15 minutes.
Because these treatments are minimally invasive, the recovery time is drastically less than with other glaucoma procedures. Almost all patients can return to work and their other usual routines within 48 hours – 1 week. After the procedure is over, we carefully detail each patient's post-procedure guidelines for taking care of their eyes while they heal. In addition, we require our MIGS patients to return for a series of crucial follow-up appointments at Kirk Eye Center that allow us to carefully evaluate their internal eye pressure over the course of this time.
ADVANCED GLAUCOMA MANAGEMENT
In the very recent past, patients suffering from the later stages of glaucoma had only one option for treatment. However, minimally invasive glaucoma surgery and laser surgeries now enable ophthalmologists to conduct numerous types of techniques to help patients manage their glaucoma. Reach out to Kirk Eye Center to schedule a MIGS evaluation with one of our experienced ophthalmologists to effectively manage your glaucoma.