Glaucoma Surgical Treatment

A surgeon prepares a patient's eyes for ophthalmic surgery.

If you struggle with the damaging effects of glaucoma, your doctor may recommend glaucoma surgical treatment from a skilled, board-certified specialist. While surgery can’t cure this disease or restore your vision, it can help protect the vision you do have and stop it from getting worse. 

Eye Specialists of Louisiana offers safe, effective surgical options for glaucoma of any stage, from mild to advanced disease. Our team of specialists is highly skilled in the following state-of-the-art treatments:

  • Selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT)

SLT is a non-invasive, nonsurgical procedure that helps relieve excess pressure on the optic nerve and increases the outflow of fluid. It’s a fast, painless, and repeatable laser procedure that is an effective alternative to eye drops in early open-angle glaucoma.

  • Laser peripheral iridotomy (LPI)

Angle-closure glaucoma, or closed-angle glaucoma, occurs when the iris bulges forward and narrows or stops the aqueous fluid from draining properly. This procedure creates a small hole in the iris, allowing it to fall away from the drainage angle and unblock the drain.

  • Endoscopic cyclophotocoagulation (ECP) or transscleral cyclophotocoagulation

Cyclophotocoagulation is a relatively new laser treatment option for glaucoma. In this procedure, the ciliary body (the portion of the eye responsible for producing fluid) is targeted with a precision laser. The energy generated by the laser effectively reduces fluid production and, therefore, intraocular pressure and any complications it can create.

  • Tube-shunt surgery

For this procedure, a flexible plastic tube with an attached silicone drainage pouch is placed in the eye to help drain excess fluid (aqueous humor), lowering the pressure inside the eye.

Stop the progression of the disease with safe, effective, advanced glaucoma surgical treatment. Please call Eye Specialists of Louisiana at 255-768-7777 to schedule an appointment. Our board-certified physicians look forward to helping you see again.