Laser treatment of glaucoma
Laser iridotomy is a laser procedure that aims to ensure and control the normal intraocular pressure. By using the laser, the surgeon makes a small hole in the outer layer of the iris, in order to help the aqueous liquid to pass easily from the rear chamber to the front one. The artificial holes on iris have a diameter of 0.5 mm, are not observable and have no effect on visual acuity or quality. The holes created remain for life and do not cause discomfort. Laser iridotomy cures many patients suffering from narrow angle glaucoma, annulling the need of drug administration.
Laser trabeculoplasty is the main method in surgical treatment of open-angle glaucoma. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia. By using the laser, the surgeon opens the "clogged" drainage channels and in result the intraocular fluid leakage is restored. The whole operation takes between 10-20 minutes. To feel the final result of the surgery it could be necessary a few weeks, during which several times the doctor will measure the intraocular pressure of the patient. Laser trabeculoplasty often is performed in two stages with an interval of one week or one month.
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