American Academy of Ophthalmology highlights Singh’s expertise on glaucoma surgery

Kuldev Singh, MD, MPH

Following his recent presentation at Glaucoma 360, Kuldev Singh, MD, MPH, professor of ophthalmology and director of the glaucoma service, was interviewed on the relevancy of trabeculectomy with the rising popularity of minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS).

The surgical procedures provide two different treatment options to help reduce intraocular pressure (IOP) in the eyes of glaucoma patients. While trabeculectomy was once the standard procedure for patients with uncontrolled IOP,  MIGS, a newer surgical approach, has recently become an alternative option, particularly for  patients with less severe disease. Singh, however, does not believe one surgery method will replace the other, and has seen a recent trend in fellowship applicants wanting to make sure that they have adequate training in traditional surgical approaches such as trabeculectomy.

“MIGS and trabeculectomy can mutually coexist,” Singh said. “One will not replace the other, because they are for different patients at different times in their glaucoma continuum.”