Glaucoma Laser Procedures
Laser procedures are useful in the treatment of glaucoma by helping to lower the eye’s pressure. While no treatment can reverse the damage glaucoma has caused, glaucoma laser procedures aim to lower eye pressure and thereby slow the progression of the disease.
Two types of glaucoma laser procedures are available.
Selective laser trabeculoplasty is a procedure in which a laser is used to open the drainage angle in the eye and thereby allow the aqueous fluid to drain out of the eye more easily. The procedure lowers eye pressure about 80% of the time, and is used in individuals with open angle glaucoma. Its effect typically lasts for about 5 years and the procedure can be repeated.
Laser iridotomy is a procedure in which a laser is used to create a small hole (about the size of a pinhead) in the iris to improve flow of the aqueous fluid out of the eye. This procedure is used in individuals with narrow angle glaucoma.
Dr. John Parker is experienced with both procedures and has performed many hundreds of laser procedures for the treatment of glaucoma.