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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Is laser treatment for glaucoma effective?

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    Glaucoma Australia is the peak glaucoma awareness/education/support association in Australia.It is a national, not-for-profit registered charity dedicated to providing educational services to raise awareness about … View Profile

    There are several types of laser that are commonly used in glaucoma. Selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) increases drainage of fluid out of the eye. Cyclodiode laser reduces production of fluid inside the eye. Both types of laser reduce the pressure inside the eye. Laser can also be used to perform a peripheral iridotomy (making a very small hole in the iris of the eye) in the treatment of narrow angle glaucoma.

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    A/Prof Diane Webster

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    Dr Diane Webster is an ophthalmologist who attends the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. View Profile

    Laser treatment is a very effective treatment for glaucoma. Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty ( SLT) can be used to treat open angle glaucoma. It has been shown in clinical trials to be as effective as eye drops in lowering intraocular pressure and halting the progression of open angle glaucoma. Laser iridotomy is an effective treatment for narrow angle glaucoma.

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