Glaucoma Laser Surgery
Glaucoma is a condition where pressure builds up over time and causes damage to the optic nerve. People often do not show any early signs of glaucoma, and it does not occur until later in life. Intraocular pressure causes fluid in the front portion of your eye to stop circulating. Glaucoma surgery is used to drain the fluid from your eye and relieve the pressure build up.
Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT)
Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty is an outpatient procedure where a laser treatment drains the fluid from your eye. This surgery is typically performed for patients with open angle glaucoma who are having difficulties with medication.
Eye drops are put in the patient's eye before or after the procedure to decrease the amount of fluid in the eyes and prevent elevation in eye pressure immediately after laser treatment. After the eye drops are applied, surgeons use a special lens and microscope to guide a laser beam through the canals (trabecular meshwork) where fluid drains from the eye. The surgeon then applies several tiny laser spots to the drainage area of the eye. When the procedure is over, eye drops are reapplied.
During this procedure, a probe is placed on the surface of the eye and sends laser pulses to the ciliary body where excess fluid is produced. When the ciliary body is omitted, fluid and pressure is reduced. This procedure is typically done for severe cases of glaucoma.
Schedule an appointment with Greater Ohio Eye Surgeons to discuss the best glaucoma treatment option for you.