What is MIGS, and how effective is it?

Written by: Ms Lina Osman
Edited by: Conor Lynch

In this article below, distinguished consultant ophthalmologist, Ms Lina Osman, provides us with an all-we-need-to-know guide with regards to minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS).

What is MIGS, and how does it differ from other glaucoma-treating techniques?

It refers to a group of relatively new implants, devices, or surgical techniques which aim to reduce the eye pressure in patients with glaucoma, thus improving the drainage of fluid from the eye.


Minimally invasive means that it is performed with very small microscopic equipment and very small incisions are made. This differs greatly from traditional glaucoma surgery.


Is MIGS safe?

This minimally invasive glaucoma surgery was designed to provide a greater deal of safety. It is a very safe surgical procedure. 


Who is the ideal candidate for MIGS surgery?

MIGS is normally suitable for people who have been diagnosed with mild to moderate glaucoma, and it can be combined with cataract surgery. This reduces the need for glaucoma eye drops after MIGS surgery when combined with cataract surgery.


What is the recovery period like?

MIGS surgery is a shorter procedure compared to traditional glaucoma surgery. Recovery is normally about a week or two. Patients have to use steroid and antibiotic eye drops for several weeks after surgery. In some cases, these drops will have to be used for up to three months.


How successful is MIGS in the long term?

Glaucoma cannot be cured, unfortunately. This technique is performed to prevent any new loss of vision and any new damage to the optic nerve. MIGS can definitely provide some patients with enough pressure reduction in the eye. Research has shown that MIGS surgery is highly effective when it comes to helping prevent loss of vision.


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By Ms Lina Osman

Ms Lina Osman is a leading consultant ophthalmologist based in Leicester. With over 10 years of experience in her field, Ms Osman is highly skilled in a wide range of ophthalmological surgical procedures. She is an expert in the treatment of glaucoma, including minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS), as well as selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT), cataract surgery and YAG laser capsulotomy.

Ms Osman first qualified with an MBBS, before going on to receive an MSc in Community Eye Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and an FRCOpth from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

Ms Osman currently practises at the Stoneygate Eye Hospital and the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. She trained at several hospitals across the UK, such as the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals, the Royal Free Hospital and King’s College Hospital in London. She completed her subspecialty training in glaucoma at the Queen’s Medical Centre at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

In addition to her clinical work, Ms Osman is renowned for her contributions to medical education and research. She has published several scientific articles in peer-reviewed medical journals. She is also involved in the training and examination of junior optometrists. 

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