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What is laser trabeculoplasty for glaucoma?

Laura C. Fine, MD
Ophthalmology
Laser trabeculoplasty uses very focused light energy to treat the drainage channel of the eye and improve its efficiency. The laser does not create holes in the eye but instead causes the drain to work more effectively. Both argon and selective laser trabeculoplasty are effective in lowering eye pressure and do so more than 75 percent of the time. The pressure-lowering effect of laser trabeculoplasty can lessen over time. Up to half of the people who have had laser trabeculoplasty will experience a gradual rise in eye pressure over a period of about two years.

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