Microinvasive Glaucoma Surgery

Clewner & Kelly Eye Center -  - Ophthalmology & Cataract & Corneal Surgeon

Clewner & Kelly Eye Center

Ophthalmology & Cataract & Corneal Surgeons located in Boca Raton, FL

Microinvasive glaucoma surgery protocols can effectively treat your glaucoma without major surgery, greatly reducing the risk of complications during surgery. At Clewner & Kelly Eye Center, esteemed ophthalmic surgeons Lawrence Clewner, MD, and William Kelly, MD, use the most advanced surgical techniques to reduce your eye pressure and save your sight. The personable team is happy to help you learn more at the comfortable Boca Raton, Florida, office, so call the office or book an appointment with the online scheduler now.

Microinvasive Glaucoma Surgery Q & A

What is microinvasive glaucoma surgery?

Microinvasive glaucoma surgery is a group of surgical techniques for mild-to-moderate glaucoma. This category of surgery generally has several distinct characteristics:

  • Excellent safety profile
  • Minimal disruption to your eye structures, including the sclera and conjunctiva
  • Significant intraocular pressure reduction (at least 20%) or elimination of at least one glaucoma medication
  • Rapid recovery with minimal downtime

Microinvasive glaucoma surgery can be a standalone procedure or can be part of your cataract surgery if you need cataract removal. At Clewner & Kelly Eye Center, the caring team always puts your specific needs first. They’ll explain all your glaucoma treatment options to help you find the right one. 

Am I a good candidate for microinvasive glaucoma surgery?

Your Clewner & Kelly Eye Center ophthalmologist can assess your candidacy. In general, if one or more of the following is true, microinvasive glaucoma surgery could be the right choice for you. 

  • You're allergic to, or have a reaction to, glaucoma eye drops 
  • You can't commit to strict eye drop use
  • Eye drops don't reduce your intraocular pressure 
  • Laser trabeculoplasty doesn't reduce your intraocular pressure

Generally, microinvasive glaucoma surgery is best suited for mild-to-moderate glaucoma. If you have advanced glaucoma that requires a low intraocular pressure goal, your ophthalmologist may recommend another option like traditional trabeculectomy or drainage devices. 

Microinvasive glaucoma surgery isn’t a replacement for traditional surgical methods, but it’s often an excellent way to reduce or eliminate your need for those more invasive procedures. 

What can I expect from microinvasive glaucoma surgery?

The friendly Clewner & Kelly Eye Center team gives you everything you need to prepare ahead of time. This may include temporary medication changes. Generally, your ophthalmologist performs the surgery while you're under local anesthesia and you can return home that day. If you need treatment in both eyes, you'll typically have a second surgery a couple of weeks later. 

Thanks to the minimally invasive techniques, recovery is generally fast. But, your ophthalmologist will typically recommend avoiding strenuous activity for a short time after the surgery. You'll continue seeing your ophthalmologist regularly to monitor intraocular pressure after surgery. 

With microinvasive glaucoma surgery, you can safely lower your intraocular pressure and preserve your sight without undergoing major surgery. Find out more by calling Clewner & Kelly Eye Center, or click the online scheduler now.