Laser Treatment For Glaucoma

Glaucoma laser treatment can relieve the high pressure caused by the accumulation of fluid inside your eye. Laser treatment can sometimes be a more effective option than drainage surgery or a trabeculectomy, and it can also provide faster relief from glaucoma symptoms, with a shorter recovery time. You should soon be able to return to your usual activities.

What Does Glaucoma Laser Treatment Involve?

Laser treatment uses a high energy beam of light to remove blockages or carefully targeted sections of tissue from inside your eye. The micro pulse diode treatment used in the clinic is very precise and it has an excellent safety record. The treatment is very quick and painless. You will be given anaesthetic eye drops to numb your eye, so you won’t feel any pain during the procedure, although you may feel a slight twinge or a sensation of heat. A special lens will then be placed in front of your eye, through which the laser will be shone. The target of the laser will depend on the type of treatment being performed.

Laser Trabeculoplasty

A laser trabeculoplasty is the most common form of laser treatment for glaucoma. The laser is used to create tiny holes through which excess fluid can drain away. The holes will be made where the orbicular meshwork, the system of drainage tubes in your eye, has become blocked. Once the meshwork is opened up, fluid can begin flowing as normal, relieving the high pressure inside your eye.

Cyclodiode Laser Treatment

Cyclodiode laser treatment works in a slightly different way. Rather than improving drainage, the treatment aims to reduce the amount of fluid that is being produced. The laser is used to destroy some of the tissue in your eye that create the aqueous humour. With less of this fluid being produced, the pressure inside your eye should go down.

Combined Approach

Glaucoma laser treatment is often enough to eliminate the need for your eye drops, but sometimes it will need to be combined with the continued use of medication. The combined approach can reduce your intraocular pressure with laser treatment.

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