On account of the amazing advancements in glaucoma management technologies over the past few years, millions of men and women with glaucoma have a very wide range of new options to manage their disease. Most of these treatments fit into the category of MIGS, or minimally invasive glaucoma surgery.
At Chu Vision Institute, we are glad to provide MIGS procedures, as well as numerous other new laser therapies for patients in Minneapolis. MIGS techniques are done with minuscule surgical incisions and tools to lessen internal eye pressure to stop or delay more injury to the optical nerve. In addition, MIGS can be done at most stages of glaucoma. They generally have fewer post-procedure complications, and the majority of glaucoma specialists believe they are safer overall than trabeculectomies (traditional glaucoma surgery). Contact our Bloomington, MN practice today to plan your MIGS exam with board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Ralph Chu.
Best Candidates for MIGS
Dr. Chu is highly qualified and experienced in diagnosing and treating glaucoma. When you come in for your consultation, he will perform an eye exam to determine whether you are a good candidate for MIGS or laser treatment. You are a likely candidate if you:
- Are over 18 years old
- Need to manage both glaucoma and cataracts
- Don't have a high risk of serious progression
- Haven't been able to control your internal eye pressure with prescription eye drops
- Are living with mild to moderate glaucoma
Since glaucoma can vary in stage and severity based on each individual, Dr. Chu will design a specialized treatment plan for your specific glaucoma condition.
"Where to even begin. I had been eagerly anticipating laser vision correction for at least 5 years but life continued to get in the way. I finally was in a position to move forward and found Dr. Chu and his practice upon moving to MN. I honestly do not have the words to express how thoroughly satisfied I am and continue to be with the entire experience. From the initial evaluation to the expert guidance, seamless follow up appointments, excellent communication, wonderful and friendly staff, truly knowledgeable physicians and providers who take the time to answer your questions, I could not be more pleased. I had initially wanted to have SMILE performed but, through the counsel of Drs. Heckman and Chu, underwent ASA with phenomenal results (and the vision continues to sharpen daily which is such an amazing thing to experience). Dr. Chu was able to take my vision from 20/500 (mostly from extremely severe astigmatism with coincident myopia) to 20/20. Most importantly, I was seeing 20/30 in my right eye the day following surgery and 20/20 by the 3-day follow up. At the risk of making this review too lengthy, I have to pay my respect not only to Dr. Chu's practice but to all the individuals who work there. From Dr. Hassan to Dr. Hampton, surgical intake nurses and all the techs, they legitimately made me feel like family. More than that, the work performed at this facility is second to none. I have already referred several colleagues for vision correction at Chu Vision. To top it off, Dr. Chu is honestly a stand up guy with some pretty amazing extracurriculars :) To anyone I may have missed, THANK YOU! Genuinely changing lives for the better. TL;DR - If you care about your eyes and want high-quality, complete care, look no further than Chu Vision. You will not be disappointed."- N.A. / Google / Aug 04, 2022
"I’m absolutely astounded at how instantly my vision was improved! I’ve gone from needing glasses for everything to having 20/20 vision again! I’m rather hesitant when it comes to needing anything medical. And now I want to tell everyone how incredible Dr Chu and his team are. From the folks helping to check you in to the kind and caring support on each and every visit, this has been my best experience EVER! Thank you to Nic, Asha and the research team, to all the Drs and the surgical team and to Dr Chu for believing in making a difference For ALL your eye needs, big or small, there is only one place you want to be. Chu Vision institute. Best decision I have made."- S.K. / Google / Sep 09, 2022
"This staff is absolutely amazing!!! They talk to you as a human and take the time to explain what they are going to do. They spend time answering questions and concerns. Dr. Chu and his team…I honestly couldn’t have asked for more. They genuinely care, and you can hear it in their voices. I was nervous, and as an adult male that can be….belittling…but they were amazing! They actually pumped up my confidence. I will never go anywhere else for my eyes. I plan on scheduling all my appointments with them. Give them a chance, they will not disappoint. I heard it in the waiting room, everyone was happy and appreciative. Thank you all for making my life better!"- B.J. / Google / Jun 10, 2022
"Dr. Chu did a wonderful job with my SMILE procedure, taking my -5.75 and -6 prescriptions to 20/20. My results are amazing, yes... but I think that being as nervous as I was, the thing that really made this experience phenomenal was the care that Dr. Chu, Dr. Heckman, and the whole team provided. I appreciate that they took the time to talk to me about all of my concerns before I scheduled my procedure - have really dialed in the actual day of your appointment so it's smooth and efficient and you always know what's going on and what to expect - and that they have continued to provide that level of care at every follow up appointment. I have always received such a warm welcome every time I have visited, and am grateful that they always find time to address any questions or concerns. PS - a special thank you to every technician I've been fortunate enough to meet at my appointments, you all provided such lovely, friendly conversation!"- N.M. / Google / Jun 28, 2022
"Can't speak highly enough about the results and experience I had with Dr. Chu and his team. After a Lasik procedure I have 20/20 vision. I was obviously a little concerned about having someone mess around with my eyeball with a laser... but the whole team at Chu Vision made me feel comfortable with the procedure and recovery and ensured I felt supported at every step. The procedure was a breeze - Dr. Chu has a great bedside manner and made me feel comfortable I was in good hands. Recovery was straightforward and it's now a full month that I've had great vision and not had to worry about corrective lenses. If you're considering refractive surgery with Chu, do it. My only regret is that I didn't do this sooner."- B.A. / Google / Aug 03, 2022
What To Expect with MIGS
At Chu Vision Institute, our highly knowledgeable ophthalmology team can provide MIGS and laser procedures for our glaucoma patients. After we have decided that someone is a great candidate for MIGS, we can go over each of their available options. We specialize in several MIGS treatments, and each one is carried out via the most advanced technology and tools.
- iStent® – Your surgeon will implant this micro-bypass medical device into your eye to create a new pathway for built-up aqueous fluid. By unclogging the eye's natural drainage system, intraocular pressure is reduced.
- Hydrus Microstent – This tiny, flexible device measuring about the size of an eyelash is placed into a precise location in the Schlemm's canal to expand the eye's fluid channel. This promotes the flow of eye fluid to lower intraocular pressure.
- SLT – With selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT), laser light energy is applied to the eye's drainage tissue to promote the flow and circulation of aqueous fluid to help lessen the pressure in the eye.
- ECP – Endoscopic cyclophotocoagulation (ECP) is a minimally invasive treatment that uses a laser to treat the ciliary body of the eye, reducing fluid production as a means to lower intraocular pressure.
Generally, MIGS treatments are conducted as outpatient procedures and are over with fairly quickly. Several MIGS procedures only last about 15 minutes.
Expected Results with MIGS
Since these advanced techniques are minimally invasive, the healing downtime is relatively less compared with traditional glaucoma surgery. Most patients get back to work and their usual activities within several days. After the procedure is complete, we thoroughly detail each patient's aftercare guidelines for taking care of their eyes during the healing process. We also require all MIGS patients to come back for a series of critical follow-up appointments at Chu Vision Institute so we can carefully monitor their internal eye pressure over the course of the healing process.
ADVANCED GLAUCOMA MANAGEMENT
A decade ago, patients experiencing advanced glaucoma only had one option for treatment. However, minimally invasive glaucoma surgery and laser surgeries now allow eye surgeons to conduct a variety of advanced techniques to help patients manage their glaucoma. Contact Chu Vision Institute in Minneapolis, MN to ask about a MIGS evaluation with Dr. Chu to safely and quickly control your internal eye pressure.