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Glaucoma Laser Surgery

Professor MD Ulrich Weber

Chief Physician

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Statistics 2017
  • 2113 patient admission
  • 9 physicians
  • 16 medical staff
  • 1088 microsurgery
  • 55 keratectomy
  • 85 operations on the cornea
  • 188 reductions of intraocular pressure by filtering operations
  • 79 operations on the iris
  • 198 operations on the sclera
  • 502 extracapsular extractions of the lens
  • 329 operations on the retina

Glaucoma Laser Surgery

Glaucoma is a widespread condition that affects people regardless of age and health conditions. The worst thing about glaucoma is that it reveals on later stages, which complicates treatment. If this is your case, you need to find a place where you can get highly professional medical help. Why the Clinic of Braunschweig (Germany) is a great option? Find out basic info about glaucoma laser surgery in German clinics.

Glaucoma Laser Surgery

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a disease that affects optic nerve (the one that connects eyes with brain) and causes damage. If not treated in time, it may lead to total vision loss. As a rule, this condition takes place when fluid cannot be drained from eye properly, and ocular pressure inside it increases and creates pressure on the optic nerve.

Glaucoma is a widespread condition, but the thing is that at early stages it doesn’t have any symptoms, and is hard to detect. Usually this disease occurs in adults after 70 developing with aging. However, glaucoma is also often diagnosed in newborn babies – it means that drain canals did not develop correctly during pregnancy, or glaucoma is inborn.

Symptoms of Glaucoma

At early stages, glaucoma has no symptoms at all, and is diagnosed during usual eye tests. Many people with this condition have no idea that their eyes are affected, because glaucoma develops over during many ears, and causes loss of peripheral vision in the beginning. As a rule, both eyes are affected, though sometimes vision can be worse in one of them. If glaucoma is not treated at all, it may occasionally cause total blindness. Sometimes it develops out of a sudden and conditions:

  • strong pain in eyes;
  • red eyes;
  • tenderness of skin around the eyes;
  • headache;
  • seeing halos and rings around light;
  • blurringof vision.

Glaucoma Treatment Options

Unfortunately, one cannot get vision back when glaucoma has spread significantly, however, proper treatment may stop the development of disease and relieve symptoms. Generally, the type of treatment depends on the type of glaucoma and how far the disease has spread. The following options are available:

  1. Eye drops allow reducing eye pressure.
  2. Glaucoma laser treatment helps to open drainage tubes to let fluid out, or reduce the production of fluid in eyes.
  3. Usual surgery improves fluid drainage from person’s eyes.

When going through glaucoma treatment, one also needs to visit doctor and monitor eyes to check how treatment is working.

Glaucoma Laser Surgery

Glaucoma laser surgery has become a great alternative to usual surgery and drugs altogether. If your case is open-angle glaucoma that is developing in spite of drugs taken, you may be recommended laser trabeculoplasty. Laser surgery is also assigned when a person takes different eye medications, or if he or she is intolerant to some certain eye drops because of side effects or allergic reactions.

Today, there are two main types of surgery practiced in the Clinic of Braunschweig: Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty (ALT) uses heat to work with eye tubes whileduring Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT), a low-level laser beam is applied. In comparison with ALT, SLT allows working only pigmented cells only without affecting surrounding spongy tissues. Both methods are effective, and cause practically no side effects. There is no evidence showing that one method is better than another.

What happens during laser surgery?

During trabeculoplasty, a beam of light is used to repair and open up drainage of eye. A patient does not feel burning or any other discomfort – laser surgery does not make holes in eye and does not burn them. Laser makes a few little changes in the drainage system to let fluid drain out normally and reduce the intraocular pressure.

What is Laser Iridotomy?

This operation is assigned for patients with close-angle glaucoma. During laser iridotomy, the following happens:

  • One hour before the operation, a patient is given eye drops to reduce the size of pupils: iris is stretched, and pressure is kept under control during the procedure.
  • After an hour, eyes are numbed with anesthetic, and a person is sit at a machine for operation.
  • A patient looks on a beam of light, and surgeon starts laser treatment.
  • Some people say they can feel how laser fires, but it causes no pain.

The procedure takes a few minutes for each eye, and is proved to be quite safe.

Why laser treatment in Germany?

Glaucoma laser treatment is a serious measure, and requires responsible approach and high professionalism of doctors. If you need best-of-breed medical assistance, there is no better option than the Clinic of Braunschweig.

First, prices for glaucoma laser treatment and diagnosis in Germany is 20-40% cheaper than in the USA and some European countries. Secondly, German clinics are equipped with state-of-art devices and machines that provide excellent quality of treatment. Besides, patients are guaranteed due care and maximum convenience in clinics.

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