Glaucoma Laser Treatment

Laser Peripheral Iridotomy

Some patients have narrow angles which means that the front part of their eye is crowded, making it difficult for fluid to leave the eye. In these patients, if the angle is left narrow, it may eventually close slowly and cause chronic angle closure glaucoma or fast causing acute angle closure glaucoma which is a painful experience that requires an emergency laser.

The treatment for narrow angles and for early chronic angle closure glaucoma is to perform a laser peripheral iridotomy. Laser peripheral iridotomy is performed in the office. It consists in creating a small hole in the iris. No incision or cut is needed. The procedure takes 5-10 minutes and is not painful. There is virtually no recovery period and the post-operative regimen consists in one drop of steroids 4 times a day for 1 week.

Laser Trabeculoplasty

Glaucoma can be treated with eye drops and/or laser trabeculoplasty. The goal of the laser is to improve the outflow of the eye or make the drainage pathway of the eye work better. The procedure takes 5-10 minutes and is not painful. There is virtually no recovery period and the post-operative regimen consists in one drop of steroids 4 times a day for 1 week

Other Lasers

YAG capsulotomy is performed after cataract surgery to remove an after cataract film. The procedure takes 5-10 minutes and is not painful. There is virtually no recovery period.