How is glaucoma treated?
Glaucoma laser procedures
Laser treatment uses light to help fluid drain from the eye or eliminate fluid blockage. Medications are used to numb the eye before treatment so there is usually little or no pain. Most lasers take only a few minutes to perform. The type of laser that is right for you depends on your type of glaucoma. Common types of laser include:
This low power laser is shone onto the mesh-like drainage channel to unclog it and help fluid drain more freely. It is typically used in open-angle glaucoma.
A laser is used to create a small hole in the coloured part of the eye (iris) to prevent or treat the blockage of fluid in angle closure.
In some patients with glaucoma, surgery is recommended. Glaucoma surgery improves the drainage of fluid from the eye, lowering eye pressure.
The type of surgery that is right for you depends on many factors including your age, general health, type and severity of glaucoma, eye pressure, and other eye conditions (e.g. cataract). Speak to your ophthalmologist about which treatment is right for you.