Laser Eye Treatment
Depending on how advanced a patient’s glaucoma has become, it may not be possible to treat the condition with eye drops and medications. Some patients may experience allergic reactions or side effects from eye drops and in some cases this procedure may not be effectively controlling the advancement of the glaucoma. When that is the case, an alternative may be laser therapy
Types of Laser Therapy
Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) – This laser therapy specifically is designed to help patients with Open-Angle Glaucoma. By stimulating or changing specific pigmented cells, it’s possible to increase drainage of the aqueous humor fluid, reducing pressure. This process is performed without damage to other tissue and has no adverse side effects or scarring. Because there are no side effects, the procedure may be repeated if necessary. The procedure itself is quick and can be done in Dr. Ram’s office. Prior to the procedure itself the patient will be administered eye drops to prepare the eye. Using a special microscope, the laser applications are administered. Patient’s should plan on an office stay of about 2 hours and prior to being released we will check the eye pressure to determine a benchmark for future exams. Following the SLT procedure it may take 4-6 weeks to see a reduction in eye pressure. Patients will be scheduled for follow up visits so that this can be measured. There may be some temporary discomfort including inflammation, conjunctivitis or minor eye pain, but patients should be able to resume all prior activities and will continue with any current glaucoma treatments. Any discomfort can be dealt with using over-the-counter medications.
Laser Peripheral Iridotomy (YAG PI) – This laser treatment is designed for Angle-Closure Glaucoma or Narrow-Angle Glaucoma. Its purpose is to open a passage within the drainage channels of the eye. As the laser creates a hole towards the outer edge of the iris, the narrow angle is widened which allows more aqueous humor fluid to exit. As with SLT laser treatments, YAG PI laser treatments take only a few minutes to perform. Similar to a normal eye exam, you are seated across from Dr. Ram, and the patient is administered numbing eye drops prior to treatment. Patients should plan on a 2-hour office stay and prior to leaving your eye pressure will be measured to determine a benchmark for future exams. After scheduling your follow exam appointment, the patient is free to return to their normal activities. There should be little discomfort or side effects, but some patients may experience a brief period of light sensitivity and possibly some minor eye irritation and blurry vision.
Why Choose Ram Eye Care and Retina Center
Dr. Ramchander and his staff are ready to provide a level of personal care that you will find unique and refreshing. At Ram Eye Care and Retina Center, we take a personal approach to every patient’s condition, and you will be completely informed throughout your treatment. If you are currently receiving treatments for either Open-Angle Glaucoma or Angle-Closure Glaucoma and you would like to determine if you are a candidate for Laser Treatments, call or contact Ram Eye Care and Retina Center today, at either of our convenient locations in The Villages or Leesburg, to schedule your appointment with Dr. Ramchander.