According to a press release from Sight Sciences, Cigna Healthcare has revised its policy on glaucoma surgical procedures. The updated policy now includes coverage for both ab interno canaloplasty and goniotomy as treatments for primary open-angle glaucoma.
Cigna members will now be able to undergo outflow restorative procedures utilizing the Omni surgical system. This system is specifically designed for performing canaloplasty followed by goniotomy (trabeculotomy) with the goal of reducing intraocular pressure (IOP).
The policy update went into effect on June 15.
“We are pleased that Cigna’s clinical review resulted in expanded coverage of certain non-implant, minimally invasive glaucoma surgery procedures including canaloplasty and goniotomy for its patients,” Paul Badawi, founder and CEO of Sight Sciences, said in the release. “We believe Cigna’s decision affirms the shift towards safer, less invasive, but more comprehensive surgical inventions, and cements the role that Omni’s technology serves within the glaucoma treatment paradigm for surgeons and patients.”