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)
- Argon Laser Photocoagulation
At times we laser the retina of the eye. This can be done where there is focal leakage of fluid near the central retina in diabetic retinopathy. At other times we laser the whole peripheral retina (panretinal laser photocoagulation) where there is abnormal new vessel formation due to poor retinal blood supply (usually in cases of proliferative diabetic retinopathy or where there is an ischaemic central retinal vein occlusion).
- Laser Trabeculoplasty
This can be an alternative to surgical intervention in patients with glaucoma where drops are deemed to be inadequate or where we are trying to reduce dependence on drops. It involves applying laser to the drainage angle of the eye and can lead to a drop in the intraocular pressure. It is usually a painless and straightforward procedure performed with only topical anaesthesia (drops to numb the eye). Certain types of glaucoma are particularly suitable for laser trabeculoplasty (PXF glaucoma, pigment dispersion glaucoma etc.)
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.