Glaucoma Surgery (Minimally Invasive – MIGS) 2021-01-21T03:09:57-05:00

Halt glaucoma with minimally invasive glaucoma surgery in Harrisburg

Learn how this new group of operations can save your sight and help you recover quicker
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Preserve your vision with minimally invasive glaucoma surgery

Discover how this minimally invasive treatment eliminates your long-term need for eye drops

MIGS stands for minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries.

The MIGS group of operations have been developed in recent years to reduce some of the complications of most standard glaucoma surgeries.

Your suitability for MIGS will depend on the findings of your clinical assessment which will take place during your consultation.

MIGS procedures work by using microscopic-sized equipment and tiny incisions to improve the drainage of fluid from inside the eye to lower eye pressure to prevent or reduce damage to the optic nerve.

Advantages

Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery can prevent further vision loss and on rare occasions even improve vision.

Other advantages include:

  • It’s safer than traditional surgeries
  • Quicker recover times
  • Can eliminate the need for glaucoma eye drops

Disadvantages

Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery is generally reserved for patients with less advanced disease.

Most MIGS procedures have a good safety profile and a more rapid visual recovery. Still, there is a risk of bleeding in the eye or a short-term increase in eye pressure after the procedure. The specific risks and their likelihood can vary depending on the procedure.

The stage of your glaucoma and your lifestyle influence what treatment we recommend. Other glaucoma treatments include:

  • Eye drops
  • Laser treatment
  • Traditional surgery, such as trabeculectomy or tube shunt

The different surgeries and how they work:

Microtrabeculectomies. We insert microscopic-sized tubes into the eye to drain fluid.

Trabecular surgery. Through a special contact lens on the eye, we insert a tiny device via a small incision into the part of the eye responsible for draining the fluid from the eye

Suprachoroidal shunts. We insert small tubes to connect the front of the eye to the pathway that runs towards the back of the eye to aid the draining of fluid.

Milder versions of laser photocoagulation. Recent advances in the laser treatment of glaucoma include endocyclophotocoagulation and micropulse cyclophotocoagulation. These procedures help to reduce the eye’s ability to produce fluid and can assist with advanced stages of glaucoma.

The vast majority of these surgeries are successful at slowing the progression of glaucoma and achieving the intended eye pressure.

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First time in 78 years I can see well without prescription lenses! I was apprehensive to have any elective surgery during the pandemic with my age and health history. The staff sensed it and made an effort to deal with it very professionally.

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I am a first time patient at your practice. Everyone was so nice and knowledgeable. Overall it was a great experience. I did not realize how bad my vision was. I am amazed! The get well flowers were a nice touch!

J.B.

I was somewhat jittery about returning to the office after the COVID restrictions were lifted. My concerns were put to rest from the moment I stepped through the door and was greeted by an associate who took my temperature, asked pertinent questions, and offered hand sanitizer, as well as being very friendly. The check in and co-pay payment went equally as smoothly.

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As a rookie having my first visit at Memorial Eye in May 2020, I asked for a doctor that was patient and that is exactly what I got in Dr. Kowalski. He took his time and explained my options to me. My testing was extensive and thorough. The staff was very kind and made me feel relaxed during the surgery. A 5 star rating from beginning to end. Well done!

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My care for cataract removal was superb. The team in the surgical suite was very organized, efficient, and caring. Their expertise was so excellent. Everyone who works there was very skillful in their work and courteous. Dr. Chotiner is kind and extremely skilled. He was outstanding!

M.V.

I had my surgery done for a cataract and to correct my astigmatism. I can see better out of the eye that Dr Chotiner performed surgery on without the need for a corrective lens than I can see out of the other eye with my glasses on. The surgery was delayed because of the whole Covid virus closings, but when it was performed it went incredibly well and I could not be happier with the results.

Robin

The doctor and his staff made my cataract surgeries a ‘piece of cake’. I have been coming here since I moved to Harrisburg 37 years ago. Dr. Chotiner performed cataract six years ago and my sight is as good as it was when I was young. As long as the light is reasonable, I do not even need over the counter reading glasses.

Claire Bodner

The staff and doctor were very accommodating. Always on time, if not earlier with appointments. The surgical staff was very attentive to any needs such as extra blankets if needed, and making sure you were comfortable while you waited for your surgery.

Pam C

I am so glad the doctor suggested LRI with my cataract surgery. I had never heard of it but it is amazing how my astigmatism is dissipating slowly and it is the reason I started wearing glasses 30 years ago! Even working around pandemic guidelines everyone is polite and cooperates as a team.

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I cannot thank Dr. Chotiner and his staff enough for what they have done for me. I had LASIK here 16 years ago and that was a life changing event for me. Prior to that, my vision was always poor and then (after surgery) it was great. Now I have cataracts and once again, getting the first eye done was a life changing experience.

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