ARGON LASER TRABECULOPLASTY

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Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty overview

Argon laser trabeculoplasty (ALT) is a procedure which has been proven to be efficacious for different types of glaucoma. The procedure has been used for many years and continues to be a powerful tool in the armamentarium of ophthalmologists for glaucoma treatment.

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ALT is often recommended when medical therapy alone is insufficient in controlling pressure and the progression of glaucoma. However, it has recently been advocated by some as primary therapy in the treatment of glaucoma, especially for those patients who have contraindications to glaucoma medications or, for any reason, are unable to use eye drops.

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Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty – Further details

Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty and selective surgeries are used for patients with open-angle glaucoma. The laser is utilized to treat the drainage system of the eye known as the trabecular meshwork. Treating this area of the natural internal draining system is to designed to improve the outflow of fluid from the eye, thereby lowering the pressure..

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Frequently asked questions about Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty (ALT)

In general, glaucoma is not reversed, or cured, by any procedure or medication. However, an ALT often works like a powerful medication, in terms of pressure reduction, without the potential side effects of medicines. Therefore, it may be used alone or in combination with medicines to treat glaucoma. The procedure isn’t always effective, although it will be effective in pressure reduction in the great majority of cases.
In most cases, the pressure lowering effect with an ALT will last 3 to 5 years. If the initial treatment is effective, a second ALT, in which the opposite half of the trabecular meshwork is treated, may be appropriate.
In most cases, the pressure lowering effect with an ALT will last 3 to 5 years. If the initial treatment is effective, a second ALT, in which the opposite half of the trabecular meshwork is treated, may be appropriate.
In most cases, the pressure lowering effect with an ALT will last 3 to 5 years. If the initial treatment is effective, a second ALT, in which the opposite half of the trabecular meshwork is treated, may be appropriate.

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Leonard Teye-Botchway
Consultant Ophthalmic Physician and Surgeon |MBChB, FRCS(G), MBA, FWACS, FGCS, DCEH (Lond), Postgraduate Diploma in Cataracts and Refractive Surgery

I am Leonard Teye-Botchway and I am the Medical Director and Consultant Ophthalmologist at Bermuda International Institute of Ophthalmology in Bermuda. The joy and elation I get from seeing patients who are very happy they can see after surgery is almost unimaginable. This is what really drives me to carry on being an ophthalmologist.

We have sourced some or all of the content on this page from The American Academy of Ophthalmology, with permission.

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