Glaucoma is a disease that damages your optic nerve and is the second leading cause of blindness. At the practice of Matthew Kruger, MD — an expert ophthalmologist serving patients of all ages in Denver and the surrounding communities — you can find the most advanced procedures, including microinvasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS). While early detection remains your best defense against the progression of glaucoma, microinvasive glaucoma surgery can help regulate your eye pressure and reduce glaucoma symptoms. If you have glaucoma, call to schedule an appointment.
Microinvasive glaucoma surgeries involve microscopic-sized equipment and tiny incisions, reducing the incidence of complications and increasing safety during the procedure. The goal of glaucoma surgery is to lower intraocular eye pressure (IOP) to prevent or reduce damage to your optic nerve. While most glaucoma therapies include managing the disease with eye drops that lower IOP, some patients require a surgical solution.
In the past, glaucoma surgeries were invasive and often resulted in other long-term complications, but today, with advanced technology — such as the FDA-approved iStent® — microinvasive glaucoma surgery has become the preferred method of treating mild-to-moderate glaucoma.
The iStent inject® procedure is a minimally invasive surgery that Dr. Kruger performs during cataract surgery under local anesthesia. It’s highly effective at safely decreasing IOP, with a low risk of complications and a fast recovery time. The iStent inject microinvasive glaucoma surgery may also reduce your need for glaucoma medications in the future.
During the surgery, Dr. Kruger implants a tiny device into your eye that you won’t be able to see or feel. The iStent regulates the pressure in your eye by creating a permanent bypass from the front of your eye to its drainage pathways. The iStent also increases the flow of fluid in your eye and keeps pressure at a healthy level.
As technology continues to advance for glaucoma treatments, Dr. Kruger makes other procedures available to his patients, in addition to the iStent inject. Another safe treatment is a goniotomy — a minimally invasive glaucoma surgery using the Kahook Dual Blade (KDB). In this surgery, Dr. Kruger removes a section of tissue in your eye to allow fluid to flow more freely, thus reducing IOP without the use of an implant.
Like iStent inject, Dr. Kruger can also perform Kahook Dual Blade surgery as part of a cataract procedure. In Dr. Kruger’s expert hands, the KBD procedure is a safe and effective treatment for glaucoma.
If you have glaucoma and would like to reduce your dependency on medications, microinvasive glaucoma surgeries might be right for you. To learn if you’re a candidate for the iStent inject or Kahook Dual Blade surgery, schedule a consultation by calling the office today.