Quality of life improvement after MIGS Glaucoma Surgery
I am delighted to share with you some recent research I performed with my team at Queen Victoria Hospital, looking at the impact of cataract surgery combined with minimally invasive glaucoma surgery on patients' quality of life and ocular comfort.
The rationale behind performing this research was that I noticed many patients after minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) were telling me at post-operative visits how they are seeing better, and more confident and feel that overall their quality of life has improved after the surgery. These patients are often on less or no glaucoma drops after the surgery and reported that their eyes feel more comfortable.
We decided to look at this formally in a study and I am delighted to say that these findings were confirmed. Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) for all aspects of quality of life including general day-to-day and those more specific for glaucoma, such as symptoms and vision, all showed a clinical and statistical improvement after surgery. The ocular surface and tear film also improved, making these patients' eyes also being more comfortable.
Previous work that I have published has demonstrated that these surgeries are safe and effective at lowering eye pressure, but this work is equally as crucial as it now confirms that minimally invasive glaucoma surgery also improves patients’ quality of life as well as enhances the comfort of their eyes.
I am happy to say that this work has been published in a leading international peer-reviewed ophthalmology journal and a summary of the abstract is detailed below for more specific information.
We continue to do more work on quality of life and ocular comfort with other glaucoma surgeries and I will keep you updated once this work is completed and published. Feel free to share this with friends and family to improve and increase awareness of glaucoma and quality of life.