Is laser surgery for glaucoma safe to do in the elderly?

Yes. This procedure which increases fluid exit from the eye is gentle, quick and pain free. The response is rapid in most cases and can be repeated if needed. It is non-invasive which means the risk of infection is really zero.

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How well does laser surgery for glaucoma work?

Better drainage. Intraocular pressure results from the aqueous fluid being prodeuced in the eye and being drained out of the eye. Just as a sink can back up from poor drainage, so can the eye fluid, however, with no place to go the pressure increases. Glaucoma laser treatment (ALT/SLT) helps the fluid drain better, reducing pressure.

I'm curious as to how effective is laser surgery for glaucoma?

80% This produces the desired pressure lowering in about 4/5 patients, and produces some pressure lowering in nearly all.

Is laser surgery effective in treating glaucoma?

Yes. Laser works about as well as using a single medication to control pressure.
Yes. Yes it works well in many glaucoma patients. There is four laser treatments that are used for glaucoma. Slt and alt used to lower the pressure by increasing the outflow drainage, ciliary body ablation will decrease the ciliary body which produces the fluid inside the eye (and treatment slows the production, lowering the pressure). Laser peripheral iridotomy prevents of treats angle closure.

How effective is laser surgery for treating glaucoma?

Effective. There are several types of laser surgery for glaucoma. The most popular is selective laser trabeculoplasty or SLT. This treatment is about as effective as the first-line drops for glaucoma. Generally, it is not used unless drops are not effective or are not tolerated. Generally, SLT is safe and effective about 85% of the time.

Is 75 too old for glaucoma medication to be effective? My father was just diagnosed with open-angle glaucoma. If he has laser surgery to correct the problem, will he be at risk of developing the condition again in the future? .

Open-angle. Open-angle glaucoma is a chronic condition for which there is no known cure. The goal of treatment in most cases is to reduce the eye's intraocular or internal pressure. There are many treatment options including laser and/ or eye drop use, which are usually very effective in controlling glaucoma. In some cases, the pressure can be lowered with a laser procedure (selective laser trabeculoplasty or slt), which may need to be performed 1-3 times every 5-7 years and alone can be effective or may require additional eye drop use. Slt laser in recent studies has not been shown to less effective with advancing age. The proper treatment for your father, whether slt, another laser procedure, or eye drop use, depends based on your father's case specifics. Discuss all options and the goals of treatment with your father's ophthalmologist. Good luck.
No. Most patients who have glaucoma use eyedrops to control the disease. Laser can also lower the pressure but is not more effective than eyedrops. In all cases, laser treatment will wear off over time, usually 2-4 years. Glaucoma is incurable, and treatment must be continued for the rest of his life.

My mom (63) who just diagnosed of acute angle glaucoma, had a laser surgery on one eye. How long does she have to wait before she can travel by plane?

Immediately.. She can travel immediately. Altitude or a plane will not affect here recovery, or the other eye.
Now. There is no reason why a patient who has just had laser surgery (iridotomy) for acure angle closure glaucoma cannot fly immediately. It is important that the other eye be checked and that she take her eye drops as directed.

Which laser surgery is commonly used for relieving glaucoma pressure?

Laser to angle. The angle of the eye is the area through which the normal internal fluid of the eye, exits the eye continuously. Glaucoma is when this area becomes restricted and the pressure in the eye has to elevate to overcome this. Laser is used to treat this area to increase the outflow and has good success although sometimes the effect wears off after a few years.
Various. There are various laser options to treat glaucoma. Narrow angle glaucoma is treatment by laser in the majority of cases, and if successful, opens up the angles. Open angle glaucoma can be treated with alt or slt to lower intraocular pressures or replace existing glaucoma eye drops.