North Texas Center for Sight
Comprehensive Ophthalmology located in Denton, TX
Laser eye surgery is the most common treatment method for eye conditions including glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. When performed in the early stages of the disease, severe eye damage and the loss of vision is prevented. Learn more about laser eye surgery treatment by calling Nicki Sayani, MD, and the team at North Texas Center for Sight in Denton, Texas, or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.
Laser Eye Surgery
What is laser eye surgery?
Laser eye surgery is the most common treatment for eye conditions including glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Your ophthalmologist uses a laser device to produce a focused beam of light that can make small burns or incisions in the eye tissue. Your eyes are numbed prior to the procedure so there is little to no pain, and laser eye surgeries are generally performed in an outpatient setting at the doctor’s office or a hospital clinic.
What is glaucoma?
Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in adults over the age of 60, but it is completely preventable with early detection and treatment. Glaucoma is an eye disease where extra fluid builds up in the front part of your eye and increases the pressure in the eye. The extra pressure damages the eye’s optic nerve.
How is glaucoma treated with laser eye surgery?
The type of laser surgery recommended by your provider depends on the severity and type of your glaucoma. The most common laser surgeries to treat glaucoma include:
Selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT)
If you have primary open-angle glaucoma, selective laser trabeculoplasty is the treatment of choice. Using a low-level laser, the doctor selectively treats specific cells in the eye while leaving untreated cells intact.
Argon laser trabeculoplasty (ALT)
Argon laser trabeculoplasty is another laser eye surgery treatment for primary open-angle glaucoma. The doctor uses a laser to open the fluid channels to help the eye’s drainage system perform better. Most people will still require medication after receiving ALT.
Laser peripheral iridotomy (LPI)
Laser peripheral iridotomy is laser surgery for the treatment of narrow angles and narrow-angle glaucoma. LPI creates a small hole in the iris to help fluid drain.
What is diabetic retinopathy?
Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that affects the retina in the eye. If untreated, it can lead to blindness. People who developed diabetes during childhood have the highest risk for diabetic retinopathy, because the longer a person has diabetes the greater the risk of developing this complication.
How is diabetic retinopathy treated?
Laser surgery is the most common method of treating diabetic retinopathy. Your doctor uses a laser to painlessly seal blood vessels and prevent their growth, improving vision and preventing future vision loss caused by diabetic retinopathy. The swelling of the retina is also reduced.
The ophthalmologists at North Texas Center for Sight use advanced diagnostic equipment to detect and treat diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma in the earliest stages, often before you even experience symptoms, to prevent loss of vision and eye damage. Schedule an appointment today for an eye exam or learn about your treatment options for glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy by calling the practice or booking online.