Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery

Glaucoma can steal your vision if untreated, but you can stop its progression with minimally invasive glaucoma surgery. At Cory Bergman, MD, in Rapid City, South Dakota and Casper, Wyoming, the private practice of board-certified ophthalmologist Cory Bergman, MD, you’ll receive the best in advanced care with a patient-centric approach tailored for your needs. Book your appointment online or call the office to arrange a consultation today. 

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What is minimally invasive glaucoma surgery?

Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) is a group of surgical procedures that treat glaucoma using less-invasive methods than those used in traditional glaucoma surgery. This surgical approach involves smaller incisions than conventional glaucoma surgery and requires less disruption of your eye’s normal anatomy as well. 

During MIGS, Dr. Bergman uses advanced techniques to reduce the intraocular pressure (IOP) in your eye, ultimately relieving pressure on your optic nerve. You may not need glaucoma eyedrops after your MIGS. 

Who is a good candidate for minimally invasive glaucoma surgery?

MIGS may be right for you in the following situations:

  • You have mild to moderate glaucoma
  • Glaucoma eyedrops don’t work for you
  • You’re unable or unwilling to use glaucoma eyedrops daily
  • Glaucoma eyedrops cause intolerable side effects

If you’re a good candidate for MIGS, Dr. Bergman can explain your treatment options and help you to make the choice that fits your needs best. No matter your situation, he can help you find a way to prevent glaucoma progression and save your eyesight.

How does minimally invasive glaucoma surgery work?

Every procedure is unique because each patient has different eye anatomy and health. Dr. Bergman uses several different techniques during MIGS, always customizing the approach to the patient. 

Your procedure may involve removing part or all of the trabecular meshwork (drainage system), placing a tiny stent to enable fluid flow out of the eye, or other types of corrections that reduce your IOP.  

Dr. Bergman uses miniature surgical tools and tiny incisions to perform these corrections. This approach is safe, reliable, and highly effective. 

What happens after minimally invasive glaucoma surgery?

Most people experience an IOP reduction of at least 20% after MIGS. Dr. Bergman evaluates your results after surgery and during follow-up appointments to ensure that you have a stable IOP. 

Some patients may need to continue with glaucoma eyedrops, but for many people MIGS allows them to live free from daily eyedrops.

If you have glaucoma and would love to live without daily eyedrops, MIGS could be right for you. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Cory Bergman, MD, by calling the office or clicking the online appointment tool now.