Some of the more common laser treatments we perform are detailed below. We do not, however, engage in laser refractive surgery (laser to try and do away with the need for glasses).
- Yag Capsulotomy
After cataract surgery, the bag that previously held the hazy natural lens (cataract) now holds the artificial lens in situ. This bag can become somewhat frosted with time and interfere with the vision (known as ‘posterior capsular opacification’). With a Yag Laser Capsulotomy we make a hole in the bag that has become frosted and can usually restore the vision provided there are no other ocular issues
- Yag Peripheral Iridotomy
A Yag laser peripheral iridotomy is used to make a hole in the iris (the coloured part of the eye). This is usually done where the drainage angle of the eye is narrow and aids with the fluid dynamics making the likelihood of an acute attack of glaucoma much less likely. It can also be done occasionally in the acute situation (where an acute attack of glaucoma has occurred)
- Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT)
SLT is a form of laser used to lower the intraocular pressure in patients with glaucoma. This type of laser has minimal heat energy absorption and is sometimes referred to as ‘cold’ laser. It is applied to the drainage tissue in the eye, produces less scar tissue and has minimal pain and can be used where treatment with drops proves inadequate or impractical.
Selective laser trabeculoplasty versus eye drops for first-line treatment of ocular hypertension and glaucoma (LiGHT): a multicentre randomised controlled trial. The Lancet, Volume 393, issue 10180, p1505-1516, April 13, 2019.
- Both Yag Laser and Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty are now available on site here in Steamboat Eye Clinic.
Steamboat Eye Clinic in Limerick specialise in Laser Eye Treatments and if you would like to arrange an appointment, contact our Eye Clinic on 061 310379.