Lasers

Lasers Treatments at Akstein Eye Center

At Akstein Eye Center we perform a variety of lasers for different symptoms.  As you look below you will find some of the laser treatments in the drop down.  This information is only intended for education purposes. You should always consult a specialist if you are having problems with your eyes.

Laser Trabeculoplasty for Open-Angle Glaucoma:

A surgery called laser trabeculoplasty is often used to treat open-angle glaucoma. There are two types of trabeculoplasty surgery: argon laser trabeculoplasty (ALT) and selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT).  Even if laser trabeculoplasty is successful, most patients continue taking glaucoma medications after surgery. For many, this surgery is not a permanent solution. Nearly half of the people who receive this surgery develop increased eye pressure again within five years. Many people who have had a successful laser trabeculoplasty will need more treatment in the future. This treatment may be another laser, more medication or surgery.

Peripheral Iridotomy Laser:

In angle-closure glaucoma or in patients at risk for this condition, laser iridotomy is the preferred method of treatment.  Laser iridotomy uses a very focused beam of light to create a hole on the outer edge, or rim, of the iris, the colored part of the eye.

Diabetic Retinopathy Laser: 
The laser is a very bright, finely focused light. It passes through the clear cornea, lens and vitreous without affecting them in any way. Laser surgery shrinks abnormal new vessels and reduces macular swelling. Treatment is often recommended for people with macular edema, proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) and neovascular glaucoma.

Detached Retinal Laser Treatment (photocoagulation):

With laser surgery, your ophthalmologist uses a laser to make small burns around the retinal tear. The scarring that results seals the retina to the underlying tissue, helping to prevent a retinal detachment.

Posterior Capsulotomy:

A posterior  capsulotomy is a surgical procedure that is sometimes necessary after cataract surgery.

Why is a posterior capsulotomy necessary?

Weeks later after cataract surgery, the capsule may become cloudy or wrinkled and may cause blurred vision.  A posterior capsulotomy is a simple laser procedure that makes an opening in the back, or posterior, part of the capsule to restore your normal vision.

What happens during a posterior capsulotomy?

A special laser is targeted at the back of the capsule and makes a small opening.  The technique is painless and only takes a few minutes.

 The material on this page was provided by the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology