This outpatient procedure is designed to reduce excess fluid pressure in the eye caused by glaucoma. It does this by reducing the production of aqueous humor, a clear fluid in the eye.
The area around the eye is cleaned, and the eye is numbed.
The laser is directed at the sclera (the white part of the eye) near the edge of the iris. The laser burns through the sclera and into the ciliary body, limiting its ability to produce fluid.
The laser burn is repeated at 20 to 40 points around the eye.
Dilating and anti-inflammatory eyedrops are needed after the procedure. The eye may be sore and swollen for several days after the treatment, and vision may be blurry as the eye heals. If fluid levels in the eye do not decrease, the procedure may need to be repeated.
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