About Laser Procedures
The Cataract & Refractive Institute of Florida offers several advanced laser treatments to help ease the signs and symptoms of glaucoma. According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, over three million Americans currently suffer from glaucoma and about half of those individuals don't know they have it. Depending on the type and stage of glaucoma, symptoms can be dormant for years or chronic and severe in nature. Diagnosing glaucoma in its early stages is crucial in receiving the treatment you need to prevent further damage to your optic nerve and vision. If you suspect you may have glaucoma or have a family history of glaucoma, reach out to our office in Cape Coral, FL today. Board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. James Croley can provide an accurate diagnosis and review all of your options for treatment. Thanks to modern technology, there are several laser treatments to choose from.
Types of Laser Treatments
We offer the following laser treatments for glaucoma patients:
- Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) – This treatment is applied around the inside of the eye in the trabecular meshwork to help stimulate the body's own healing response to correct abnormal eye pressure. The procedure only takes a few minutes to perform, and positive results have been known to last for up to several years.
- Laser Iridotomy – This treatment is usually reserved for patients who have angle-closure glaucoma and those with very narrow angles who are at risk of developing angle-closure glaucoma. The laser is used to create a small opening in the edge of the iris to allow fluid to drain from the eye.
Choosing Your Procedure
We understand that it can be overwhelming when deciding which treatment is best for you. However, Dr. Croley and our team of eye specialists are here to help guide you through all of your options so you can make well-informed decisions. Once a complete eye exam is conducted and a proper diagnosis is made, we can assess the type and stage of your glaucoma to determine which laser procedure is best for your condition. Regardless of the type of procedure you select, all of these treatments are designed to help lower intraocular pressure to prevent further damage to the optic nerve and future vision loss.
What to Expect with Laser Procedures
Laser treatment for glaucoma is considered an elective procedure that take only 3 – 4 minutes to complete. Like with any surgical procedure, there may be some side effects associated. However, many patients decide that the benefits of a laser procedure far outweigh these risks. Each procedure is different, and healing times will vary from patient to patient. During your initial consultation with Dr. Croley, he can educate you further on the pros and cons of each surgery.
Protect your vision
Don't wait before it's too late to treat your glaucoma, get in contact with the Cataract & Refractive Institute of Florida in Cape Coral, Bonita Springs, or Lehigh Acres, FL to learn more about laser corrective surgery. Dr. Croley has helped countless men and women who are battling glaucoma and can conduct a series of tests to determine the specific type and stage of your glaucoma.