RESEARCH ARTICLE


Current and Future of Laser Therapy in the Management of Glaucoma



Feyzahan Ekici, Michael Waisbourd, L. Jay Katz*
Glaucoma Research Center, Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, USA


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Abstract

There has been tremendous progress in the past decades in the utilization of lasers for treating patients with glaucoma. This article reviews the use of lasers in different areas of glaucoma, including the shift from argon laser trabeculoplasty (ALT) to selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT), laser trabeculoplasty as an initial treatment for glaucoma, new laser trabeculoplasty procedures under investigation, and other recent laser treatment modalities such as endoscopic cyclophotocoagulation and laser-assisted deep sclerectomy.

Keywords: Cyclophotocoagulation, glaucoma, laser iridotomy, laser trabeculoplasty, laser treatment.