Laser treatment for glaucoma comes in several forms. Emergency treatment of acute angle closure glaucoma may involve a sight-saving laser iridotomy. This acts like the hole at the top of your sink allowing fluid to use this escape route to drain away in an eye where the space for fluid to flow away is critically narrow or blocked.
Laser trabeculoplasty is a treatment that encourages the natural drainage pathway within your eye to work more efficiently and increase the outflow of internal fluid from the eye. Selective laser trabeculoplasty is a fantastic treatment that is effective, low risk and well tolerated. If you respond well it can mean that you don’t need to use drops for 2-5 years afterwards.
Endocyclophotocoagulation laser treatment
Endocyclophotocoagulation is a treatment that reduces the amount of internal aqueous fluid that the eye produces, a bit like turning down the tap on your sink. It is often carried out as part of a cataract operation adding 10-15 minutes to the end of the procedure. If you have glaucoma and are having cataract surgery you should make the most of the operation by having your pressure treated at the same time as the cataract- this is known as minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) or a ‘cataract plus’ procedure. Ms Crawley has a wealth of experience with all these types of laser treatment. If you are considering laser treatments for your pressure or have questions about whether it might be suitable for you, contact us today and Ms Crawley will help you make the right decision.