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MEDICAL AND SURGICAL EYE CARE

FRANCIS J. MANNING, M.D.          CATHERINE T. ROMMEL, M.D          ADAM R. THODE, M.D.

Medical Laser Surgery

A "laser", or Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation, is a concentrated beam of light created when an electrical current passes through a special material.

 

Used in eye surgery since the 1970's, laser surgery offers an unparalleled degree of precision and predictability. Lasers are now used for a variety of eye diseases.

YAG Capsulotomy

  • Sometimes, after cataract surgery, a haze can form on the posterior capsule, diminishing vision.

  • A laser can be used to quickly and safely create a small opening in the cloudy capsule.

  • Light is then able to pass through the lens without obstruction, restoring clear vision.

Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty

  • Often effective in treating open-angle glaucoma.

  • Stimulates the trabecular mesh-work drainage channel to function better.

  • Does not always replace need for drops, but can help lower eye pressure.

  • Can also be used as a first line of treatment for patients who are unwilling or unable to use glaucoma eye drops.

  • The procedure can be repeated in future if necessary.

YAG Peripheral Iridotomy

  • An anatomic narrow angle is caused by the iris being located too close to the drainage system of the eye.

  • Patients are at risk for developing acute angle closure glaucoma.

  • A laser can be used to create a small opening in the iris to prevent a painful acute angle closure attack.