Laser Surgery for Diabetes and Glaucoma

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The best treatment for Diabetic Retinopathy is to prevent the development as much as possible. Strict control of blood sugar level will significantly reduce the long-term risk of vision loss. Also, if high blood pressure and kidney problems are present, they need to be treated as well.

Diabetic eye treated with laser
Diabetic Eye Treated with Laser
In the early stages of Diabetic Retinopathy, regular monitoring is usually all that is required. Follow your doctor’s advice for diet and exercise and keep blood sugar levels well controlled. This can help control the progression of the disease.
If the disease advances, leakage of fluid from blood vessels can lead to Macular Edema. Laser treatment (photocoagulation) is used to stop the leakage of blood and fluid into the retina. A laser beam of light can be used to create small burns in areas of the retina with abnormal blood vessels to try to seal the leaks. Multiple laser treatments are sometimes necessary. Laser surgery is not a cure for Diabetic Retinopathy and does not always prevent further vision loss.
If significant amounts of blood leak into the vitreous fluid in the eye, it will cloud vision and can prevent laser photocoagulation from being used. A surgical procedure called a Vitrectomy may be used to remove the blood-filled vitreous and replace it with a clear solution.
People with diabetes should schedule comprehensive eye examination at once a year.

Laser Surgery for Glaucoma

Laser treatment at Clark Eye Center
Laser Treatment for Glaucoma

Treatments for Glaucoma may include medication, most commonly prescription eye drops, or surgery, such as Laser Trabeculoplasty to lower the pressure in the eye and prevent further damage to the optic nerve. This procedure is performed in the office and takes about 10 minutes. There is minimal to no discomfort. A special lens is placed on the front of the eye and is used to focus the laser on th area called the trabecular meshwork. After the laser treatment you are asked to use an antiimflamatory eye drop for 3 days. There are no restrictions postop. Studies show that laser surgery is very good at reducing the pressure in some patients. Its effects can wear off over time however, and your doctor may suggest the use of eye drops. While there is no cure as yet for Glaucoma, early diagnosis and continuing treatment can preserve eyesight.

laser treatment for glaucoma

At Clark Eye Center, we are committed to ensuring the health of your eye. Our doctors closely monitor Glaucoma problems when they arise, and provide treatment as needed. Glaucoma care and treatment options include topical eye drop medications, laser treatments and surgery.