Lasers figure prominently in many of the most advanced techniques for repairing and treating eye conditions. Lasers use narrow beams of light, precisely directed, to produce excellent results with minimal tissue disruption.
Grossnickle Eye Center is equipped with four state-of-the-art lasers onsite: the Excimer laser (used for LASIK surgery), the argon laser, the YAG laser and the Selecta II laser. In addition to their role in LASIK, lasers are used to treat conditions including:
Glaucoma: The elevated eye pressure associated with glaucoma is typically managed medically; in some cases, lasers can help to open fluid channels in the eye for better drainage.
Cloudy membranes: Lasers can open cloudy membranes that sometimes occur in the months and years following cataract surgery.
Retinal tears: Lasers are effective in sealing the edges of a torn retina, to prevent detachment.
Retinal disorders: Lasers can control damage to retinal blood vessels due to diabetes or other causes.
Laser Cataract Surgery with LenSx
If your vision is clouded by cataracts, you may actually be losing the ability to see the very things, places and people that make life enjoyable. Fortunately, cataract surgery can help you regain what you’ve lost, both in terms of your vision and quality of life.
SLT Glaucoma Treatment
SLT laser therapy uses short pulses of low-energy light, selectively targeting cells that don’t drain well, while preserving the surrounding tissue. Traditional therapies cause some amount of coagulative damage, or clotting, within the trabecular meshwork of the eye, but SLT does not – allowing for multiple treatments to lower eye pressure.
Among national clinical trials, Coherent Medical Group, the manufacturer of the SLT laser, conducted a multi-center, prospective clinical study to evaluate its effectiveness. At 26 weeks post-SLT, there was a significant decrease in intraocular pressure as compared to the baseline pressure.
Since the physicians at Grossnickle Eye Center have begun using the SLT laser, we have noted average drop in intraocular pressure of 4-5 mm Hg.
Endoscopic CycloPhotocoagulation (ECP)
ECP uses laser energy to treat the tissue (ciliary body) that produces fluid. Endoscopic CycloPhotocoagulation demonstrationinside the eye. The result is a slowing or stopping of fluid production, reducing or preventing pressure on the eye and the resultant threat of vision loss. ECP therapy can reduce or eliminate the need for eye drops. It can be performed as a standalone procedure, or during cataract surgery or as a outpatient procedure.
The GDx™ measures the site of glaucoma damage, not just the symptoms of the disease. GDx™ examines the nerve fiber layer – the tissue directly affected by glaucoma.
The process is a 3 minute test for both eyes that will not require dilation. Results are automatically compared to normal results and displayed quickly. This precise test makes it possible to test all patients, not just suspects.
OCT – Optical Coherence Tomography
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a diagnostic imaging device that provides direct cross-sectional images of the retina for measurement and clinical evaluation in the detection of glaucoma and retinal diseases. This procedure images and analyzes macular thickness, the retinal nerve fiber layer and the optic disc using the latest technology for high resolution scans. This data enhances our ability to diagnose and manage a patient’s glaucoma or retinal disease.