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What are the risks of laser trabeculoplasty?

As with any surgery, there are some risks of complications with laser trabeculoplasty (ALT or SLT). Possible complications include:

  • Failure to adequately lower the eye pressure;
  • Increased pressure in the eye, possibly requiring medications or surgery to lower it;
  • Inflammation in the eye causing pain, redness or blurred vision;
  • Damage to the cornea, iris or retina from the laser light.

There are always risks associated with medications and surgery. However, the risks should be balanced against the greater risk of leaving glaucoma untreated and losing your vision. If you have any questions about laser trabeculoplasty for open-angle glaucoma, you should discuss them with your Eye M.D.

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