Laser cyclophotocoagulation

This laser procedure aims to decrease the aqueous production by treating part of the ciliary body epithelium (structure located behind the iris responsible to produce aqueous humor).

In most of the cases, this procedure is reserved for eyes with end stage glaucoma, that have elevated IOP despite conventional medical and/or multiple surgical treatment. It is also performed in painful blind eyes. This restricted indication is due to the possibility of hypotony (low eye pressure) and globe atrophy.

New approaches of this technique are under evaluation to be performed in eyes with less severe stages of glaucoma, particularly those using endoscopic techniques (endocyclophotocoagulation) or new laser devices (micropulse).

Laser cyclophotocoagulation Fig. 1

Fig. 1. Laser cyclophotocoagulation - transcleral.

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Important message for glaucoma patients

It is important for you to get yourself regularly screened for glaucoma. If you have been diagnosed to have glaucoma, effective treatment options are now available and regular treatment and follow up can help you to preserve your vision for your lifetime, avoiding unnecessary fear of going blind.

You can live happily with glaucoma and enjoy an excellent quality of life, particularly if the disease is detected early and treated in time. Always remember that once you have glaucoma, you will have to be under the care of an eye doctor for the rest of your life.

There is a lot of research going on and new treatments may become available for glaucoma in the near future.

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