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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"Although I am fairly young, for some reason my eyes started to develop cataracts. Getting to a point when driving my car became a dangerous adventure, after a thorough search on internet I have opted for cataract surgery at Kirk Eye Center. I wasn’t disappointed, everything there was top notch! Starting from the receptionists to the nurses, I was always treated in a very professional and courteous manner. Many thanks to Ms Joyce Wolter, the surgery manager who helped me going through all the paperwork and dealed with my insurance! She made everything look easy to me! All my life since childhood I’ve had poor vision but now after my right eye surgery I have 20/20 vision! It feels like I am reborn, all these vibrant colors and multitude of details I have never been aware before! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Dr Scott Kirk! You gave me the best gift! We all take for granted the vision and we realize that only after we lose it! Note: I have opted for premium IOL’s, I wanted for my eyes the best I can get. They are quite expensive and not covered by insurance, but I can personally state that they worth every penny! I cannot wait for the left eye surgery a week from today!"- G.R. / Google / Sep 22, 2022
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"As a new patient, I had my first opportunity to visit the Gurnee, IL office of ophthalmologist, Dr. Tyler Quentin Kirk. It took some weeks to get the appointment, but I waited patiently and was rewarded this morning with a sense of calm that let me know I was in the right place. From the welcoming voices on the phone and at the front door; during my exams and explanations; to our good-byes, I would like to thank Dr. Kirk and his wonderful staff. Janely, my 'first responder,' with whom I spent the most time, and all the other girls who assisted me or with whom I interacted: Miki, Mary, Val, Wendy, and Julissa. Hope to see you soon."- B.K. / Google / Sep 01, 2022
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.