Laser Therapy for Glaucoma

There are many kinds of glaucoma. We classify the type of glaucoma according to the reason for the blockage in the outflow of fluid. The following two are by far the most common, and the main types of glaucoma treated with laser surgery.

Angle Closure Glaucoma

This type of glaucoma, which accounts for 10% of all glaucomas in the U.S., occurs when the angle between the cornea (the clear window into the eye) and the iris (the colored portion of the eye) ...

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Laser Trabeculoplasty

Laser Trabeculoplasty
Chat from September 16, 2009
Guest Speaker – Dr. George Spaeth
Steven Beck, Editor
Lorraine Miller, Editor, Chat Topic Researcher

On Wednesday, September 16, 2009, Dr. George Spaeth, a glaucoma specialist at Wills, and the glaucoma chat group discussed “Laser Trabeculoplasty”.

Moderator: Tonight’s topic is laser trabeculoplasty (LT). Dr. Spaeth, what is laser trabeculoplasty?

Dr. George Spaeth: Well, the laser part is easy; trabeculoplasty is a misnomer held over from the early days. It was thought that applying ...

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Laser Surgery for Glaucoma

Laser Surgery for Glaucoma
Chat Highlights
May 7, 2008
Steven Beck, Editor

On Wednesday, May 7, 2008, 2008, Dr. Michael Pro, a glaucoma specialist at Wills, and the glaucoma chat group discussed “Laser Surgery for Glaucoma”.

Moderator: Welcome back to chat Dr. Pro. Thank you for joining us. Tonight our topic is “Laser Surgery for Glaucoma.” First, could you tell us how many different types of lasers are used in glaucoma and then we will examine each type in more detail?

Dr. Pro: ...

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Laser Surgery for Glaucoma

Laser Surgery for Glaucoma
Chat Highlights
August 1, 2007
Norma Devine, Editor

On Wednesday, August 1, 2007, Dr. Rick Wilson and the glaucoma chat group discussed “Laser Surgery for Glaucoma.”

Moderator: Welcome back, Dr. Wilson.

Dr. Rick Wilson: Thanks. I am now back on Philadelphia time, after attending the World Glaucoma Congress in Singapore.

Moderator: Glad you had a safe trip. What was the meeting about?

Dr. Rick Wilson: The World Glaucoma Congress has merged with the International Glaucoma ...

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Complications Accompanying Lasers

Complications Accompanying Lasers
Chat Highlights
February 8, 2006
Norma Devine, Editor

On Wednesday, February 8, 2006, Dr. Rick Wilson, a glaucoma specialist at Wills, and the glaucoma chat group discussed “Complications Accompanying Lasers.”

Moderator: Good evening, Dr. Wilson. Tonight the topic is “Complications Accompanying Lasers.” What kinds of lasers do you use in your practice?

Dr. Rick Wilson: I use an argon, a selective, a krypton (sorry, Superman) or dye laser, and a neodymium YAG (Nd:YAG) laser.

Moderator: How ...

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Lasers Used for Glaucoma Treatments

Lasers Used for Glaucoma Treatments
Chat Highlights
March 23, 2005
Norma Devine, Editor

On Wednesday, March 23, 2005, Dr. Rick Wilson a glaucoma specialist at Wills, and the glaucoma chat group discussed “Lasers Used for Glaucoma Treatments.”

Moderator: Lasers have been used for decades to treat glaucoma. The types of lasers and what they are used for, however, can be confusing for glaucoma patients. For instance, early in my treatment I had a peripheral iridotomy (PI). What type of ...

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Laser Complications

Laser Complications
Chat Highlights
February 25, 2004
Norma Devine, Editor

On Wednesday, February 25, 2004, Dr. Rick Wilson, a glaucoma specialist at Wills, and the glaucoma chat group discussed “Laser Complications.”

P: What types of lasers are used in glaucoma treatment and for what purposes?

Dr. Rick Wilson: The argon laser or the frequency doubled Nd:YAG are used for trabeculoplasty to lower IOP (intraocular pressure). The argon laser is also used in gonioplasty to open a narrow angle. ...

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Lasers for Glaucoma

Lasers for Glaucoma
Chat Highlights
September 3, 2003
Norma Devine, Editor

On Wednesday, September 3, 2003, Dr. Rick Wilson, a glaucoma specialist at Wills, and the glaucoma chat group discussed “Lasers for Glaucoma.”

P: What is the difference between the selective lasers and the other lasers?

Dr. Rick Wilson: The frequency of the selective laser is such that, if used at a low power, it is only absorbed by the melanin granules in the trabecular meshwork. ...

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Laser Treatments

Laser Treatments
Chat Highlights
October 2, 2002
Norma Devine, Editor

On Wednesday, October 2, 2002, Dr. Rick Wilson, a glaucoma specialist at Wills, and the glaucoma chat group discussed “Laser Treatments.”

Moderator: Dr. Rick, patients often get confused by the terminology when the words sound similar, such as trabeculectomy and trabeculoplasty. Could we start with an explanation of those two terms?

Dr. Rick Wilson: Laser surgery for open-angle glaucoma is called a trabeculoplasty, and involves making microscopic burns in the trabecular ...

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Lasers for Glaucoma

Lasers for Glaucoma
Chat Highlights
February 13, 2002
Norma Devine, Editor

On Wednesday, February 13, 2002, Dr. Rick Wilson, a glaucoma specialist at Wills, and the glaucoma chat group discussed “Lasers for Glaucoma.”

Moderator: Dr. Rick Wilson is our guest tonight. The topic is “Lasers for Glaucoma.” Welcome, Dr. Rick.

Dr. Rick Wilson: Hello, everyone. I’m ready for the first question. Shoot!

P: Is laser for older folks only?

Dr. Rick Wilson: Laser can ...

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