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A 44-year-old member asked:

Can laser surgery be used to reduce ocular pressure?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jay Pepose
Ophthalmology 39 years experience
Yes: In the past argon laser trabeculoplasty and more recently selective laser trabeculoplasty can be applied to an area near the iris root in an effort to open the outflow channels of the eye and reduce intraocular pressure. This is a different type of laser than is used in lasik or yag capsulotomy, and does not change one's vision.
Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Yes: There are various types of lasers that can lower eye pressure, but most commonly, glaucoma specialists are using selective laser trabeculoplasty (slt). Another available laser is the diode cyclophotocoagulation, which can also be done endoscopically.
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Yes: Laser trabeculoplasty is an excellent method for lowering pressure. Slt is the less invasive of the laser methods.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

How frequently is laser surgery used to reduce ocular pressure?

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Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 9 years experience
Common procedure: In general, it is a very common procedure, individually, a laser treatment can be repeated at least once, in each eye.
A 50-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me about laser surgery for ocular pressure?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Helpful: Laser energy is sometimes delivered in cases of glaucoma to an area inside the eye where fluid exits called the angle. It is done as an outpatient procedure with topical anesthesia but no needles or anesthetics. Recover is quick, there is usually no pain and the effect is immediate. However in a number of cases over time, the effect wears off.

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