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Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty

Posted On: 04-28-2015
Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty

What is Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty?

An eye surgery, argon laser trabeculoplasty uses laser technology in order to create holes in the trabecular system. This drains intraocular fluid to reduce intraocular eye pressure.

Also Known As:

  • Glaucoma laser surgery
  • Glaucoma surgery
  • ALT
  • Laser surgery
  • Eye surgery

Conditions Treated with Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty:

Argon laser trabeculoplasty is performed in order to treat intraocular eye pressure (glaucoma). 

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty:

A non-surgical alternative to argon laser trabeculoplasty is the use of medications that reduce intraocular eye pressure. A full trabeculectomy may be performed as a surgical alternative.

Anesthesia with Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty:

Argon laser trabeculoplasty is performed with a local anesthetic.

Potential Complications from Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty:

Possible risks following argon laser trabeculoplasty include cataracts, a short term increase in intraocular eye pressure and a negative reaction to the anesthesia.

Prognosis after Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty:

The prognosis for a positive end result following argon laser trabeculoplasty is good. However, surgery sometimes needs to be repeated.

Recovery from Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty:

Recovery from argon laser trabeculoplasty takes one day. 

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