Laser trabeculoplasty

This procedure uses laser to target the trabecular meshwork and aim to alter the pores/spaces in the trabecular meshwork and increase the outflow of aqueous (fluid) thereby decreasing IOP. This is done in open angle glaucoma eyes.

It is important to note that this procedure is not always effective, and it may work for a limited period of time (some years). When effective, the IOP lowering caused by laser trabeculoplasty is expected to produce a mild to moderate IOP lowering effect.

There are different lasers to perform trabeculoplasty, including “Argon or Selective trabeculoplasty”.

After the laser, the patient should maintain regular follow-up, and may still require eyedrops or surgery.

Laser trabeculoplasty Fig. 1

Fig. 1. Laser trabeculoplasty.

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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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