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Glaucoma laser

tratamiento laser glaucoma
New minimally invasive glaucoma lasers.
In-office techniques that allow for fast recovery.
Alternative to daily use of drops and surgery.

¿Qué es el láser para glaucoma?

Glaucoma laser techniques are one of the alternatives we can offer for the treatment of this disease. We usually perform them in office in a comfortable, fast and safe way for you, causing minimal discomfort and facilitating a quick recovery.

This type of procedure can be aimed both at improving the outflow of aqueous humour (transparent liquid inside the eye) and at limiting its production. In both ways, we can control the main modifiable risk factor for glaucoma: intraocular pressure. By reducing it to suitable levels, we manage to stop the loss of nerve fibres from the optic nerve, which causes a gradual decrease in the visual field.

Techniques

The glaucoma laser has been used for more than two decades, although technological innovation has made it possible for the new equipment available at Miranza clinics to be less aggressive and more selective, achieving the desired hypotensive effect with minimal alteration to eye structures.

Moreover, there is another type of laser technique that we perform in the operating room: diode laser cyclophotocoagulation, usually reserved for patients with very low vision or in whom other glaucoma surgeries are not indicated.

 

Enfermedades oculares que trata

When treatment with glaucoma eye drops is insufficient, you are intolerant to these drugs or there are compliance problems with the medication, we can opt for laser techniques, which also help prevent acute glaucoma attacks in eyes that are prone to them. Laser is an effective option in many patients before glaucoma surgery.

Glaucoma laser procedures are performed on an outpatient basis under local anaesthesia, so that you do not feel any pain while we perform them.

After in-office laser application, you may notice slight discomfort, which will not prevent you from returning to normal life and resuming your daily activities the next day. In the event of cyclophotoagulation in the operating room, it is also a fast-recovery surgery, as it does not involve any incisions or sutures, although it leaves blurred vision in the weeks following the treatment.

You should also be aware that, in some patients, it may be necessary to repeat iridotomy and trabeculoplasty to achieve a sufficient decrease in intraocular pressure.

One of the advantages of glaucoma laser is its high safety, especially with the latest laser models.

Some patients may show eye inflammation after in-office laser procedures. In the operating room, treatment can cause an excessive drop in intraocular pressure during the first weeks after cyclophotocoagulation, although this effect is increasingly exceptional. The risk of bleeding or choroidal detachment is also very rare.