When medication does not achieve the desired results, or when it causes intolerable side effects, your ophtalmologist may suggest laser treatment. The type of laser surgery used depends on the type of glaucoma and the general health of the eye.
Used in people with primary open angle glaucoma. This procedure is painless and can be performed in either a doctor’s office or in a one-day-clinic. The laser beam is focused upon the eye’s drain. The intense heat of the laser causes some areas of the eye’s drain to shrink, resulting in adjacent areas stretching open and permitting the fluid to drain more easily.
After this procedure, many patients are eventually able to stop some of their medications. This, however, is not true in all cases. Your doctor is the best judge to determine whether or not medication is still necessary for you.
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