Glaucoma Laser Surgery
Glaucoma is an eye disease in which pressure inside the eye (intraocular pressure) is elevated and damages the optic nerve. The optic nerve connects the eye with the brain and damage to it can lead to loss of vision. Some cases of glaucoma can be treated with medications. For others, laser or traditional surgery is required to lower eye pressure. Depending upon your type of glaucoma, different procedures may be recommended. Common surgeries include:
Laser Peripheral Iridotomy (LPI) – For patients with narrow-angle glaucoma. A small opening is made in the iris to increase allow fluid to drain from the eye properly.
Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) - For patients with primary open angle glaucoma (POAG). Traditionally, eye drops have been the primary treatment for open angle glaucoma. In the past few years, researchers have developed new treatments for glaucoma which, in many cases can decrease or eliminate the need for drops. Selective laser trabeculoplasty is an in-office procedure that has a success rate of about 80%. It is very safe and utilizes gently laser energy to treat the drain of the eye. This treatment does not damage the drain, but allows more fluid to flow out of the eye and lowers the eye pressure. It generally lasts for 3-5 years and can be repeated.
To learn more about our Glaucoma Laser Surgery and to find out if it is right for you, please call (302) 292-2020 today to schedule a consultation.