Laser treatment for glaucoma is used in the treatment of narrow and open angle glaucoma.
Laser Treatment for Glaucoma
- Laser Iridotomy for Glaucoma
- Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty for Glaucoma
- Diode Cyclophotocoagulation (CPC)
Laser Iridotomy and Laser Iridoplasty
Laser surgery is used in the treatment of both, narrow angle as well as in open angle glaucoma. Laser Iridotomy and laser iridoplasty are used for the treatment of narrow or closed angle glaucoma.
Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT)
In open angle glaucoma, Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) is performed to help with intraocular pressure control. All laser procedures are out-patient procedures performed in the glaucoma clinic. These are usually associated with minimal pain and have no need for restricted activity after the laser. Your doctor or technician will check the eye pressure approx 30 minutes to an hour after the procedure before you go home. You will be sent home with some anti-inflammatory eye drops and a post-operative appointment.
Diode Cyclophotocoagulation (CPC)
Diode Cyclophotocoagulation (CPC) is a procedure where the intraocular pressure is controlled by reducing the amount of intraocular fluid made within the eye. Aqueous humor is actively secreted by the ciliary processes. A diode laser is used to coagulate the ciliary processes with laser light. This procedure is usually performed in an operating room facility under anesthesia to make the procedure comfortable and safe. The laser is applied using a special probe inside your eye either with cataract surgery or by itself Endocyclophotocoagulation (ECP). Another way to treat the ciliary processes is to deliver the laser light through the wall of the eye using a special probe placed over the surface of the eye (CPC). This last procedure is usually recommended when the prognosis for vision is poor or if all other surgical options have been exhausted.
Please contact the Glaucoma Associates of Texas if you have questions about the treament for glaucoma.