What are my options for laser glaucoma surgery?
Depending on the type of glaucoma you have, your options for laser glaucoma surgery include laser peripheral iridotomy, and laser trabeculoplasty. Laser trabeculoplasty includes argon laser trabeculoplasty, selective laser trabeculoplasty, and micropulse laser trabeculoplasty. The method most suited to your needs will be determined by your ophthalmologist.
Are there risks with laser glaucoma surgery?
All surgeries have some risks. Surgical risks like bleeding and infection may occur, but are very rare. A risk specifically related to laser glaucoma surgery is a temporary increase in intraocular pressure. This will be carefully monitored by your eye surgeon in the days following your procedure.
Is laser glaucoma surgery permanent?
Glaucoma can be treated, but not cured. Laser glaucoma surgery can greatly reduce the pressure in your eyes and reduce your risk for future vision disorders, but it may need to be repeated in the future. Eye drops and oral medications may also be required to continue outflow of fluid from your eyes.
Why should I consider laser glaucoma treatment?
No two treatment options are ideal for every patient, but glaucoma must be treated. Left untreated, glaucoma will eventually lead to blindness. Working closely with an eye doctor in your area, you can determine what method of glaucoma treatment is best for you.
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