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Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS)

Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS)

Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) is a new advanced type of outpatient procedure for patients with mild to moderate glaucoma. The procedures increase glaucoma control and eliminate the need for a major surgical glaucoma procedure. There are many benefits to MIGS, including fast healing, minimal risk to patients and improved glaucoma control. MIGS are the first procedures of their kind, allowing patients to preserve their vision for a longer period of time.

Why MIGS?

The standard major surgical glaucoma procedures are very often effective at lowering eye pressure and preventing progression of glaucoma, but they also have potential complications and long recovery periods associated with them. MIGS have been developed in recent years to reduce some of the complications while yielding similar results.

What to Expect

Following MIGS, patients typically experience a decrease in the amount of glaucoma medication they require. The recovery from MIGS is usually faster than the recovery from traditional glaucoma surgery.

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Meet Your Glaucoma Care Specialists

Jeffrey S. Schwartz, MDJeffrey S. Schwartz, MD is the first full-time board-certified, fellowship-trained glaucoma specialist in Pinellas County. He has been with The Eye Institute since 1988. His practice is limited to diagnosis, treatment, laser therapy and surgery of patients with glaucoma and other related diseases. Dr. Schwartz completed his residency at The University of South Florida and his glaucoma fellowship at the prestigious Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA. He is active in medical research and has made major contributions to the treatment and management of glaucoma. Dr. Schwartz is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, He serves as the medical consultant to pharmaceutical companies in the search for more effective glaucoma medications. Dr. Schwartz is on the Board of Directors and is the Medical Consultant for the Lighthouse of Pinellas and has served as the Medical Director for a number of health care plans.


Amy Z. Martino, MDAmy Z. Martino, MD completed her glaucoma fellowship at the world-renowned Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami Health System and School of Medicine, the #1 eye hospital and vision research center in the country. She was the first doctor in Hillsborough County to implant the Hydrus microstent for glaucoma and one of the first surgeons in Florida selected to implant the glaucoma iStent® device, the world’s smallest medical implant. Her surgical talents include glaucoma lasers and specialized glaucoma surgeries (such as trabeculectomies and glaucoma drainage devices). Dr. Martino is also a staff physician at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, where she takes pride in serving those who have served our country. As a graduate of the University of South Florida, she enjoys giving lectures to the current ophthalmology residents. She volunteers her time through the Eye Care America program and Catholic Charities Medical Missions to help underprivileged patients receive eye care.

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