LPI Glaucoma treatment – Laser Peripheral Iridotomy

What types of conditions will benefit from Laser Peripheral Iridotomy?

Glaucoma is an eye disease which can damage the optic nerve. It typically occurs in people over the age of 60 and those with a family history. LPI Glaucoma treatment is performed in cases of “angle closure”. The eye “angle” is the are where fluid drainage channels are located, and if closed, and attack of acute angle closure glaucoma (extreme rise in eye pressure) can occur. LPI creates a hole in the iris in order to re-open or prevent angle closure and therefore minimise any damage to the eye as a result of the acute pressure rise in the eye.

What does the LPI Glaucoma procedure involve?

LPI Glaucoma procedure is done in the consulting rooms. Some eye drops will be used 20-30 minutes prior to the laser procedure and an anaesthetic eye drop will be instilled just before the treatment. You may experience a mild ache around your eye brow. You will be seated at a laser, a special lens is used to help target the laser and the procedure takes between 2-5  minutes. You may feel slight discomfort but it is not painful.

What are the risks?

As with any surgical procedure there are risks to consider before having LPI Glaucoma treatment. The LPI Laser is very safe. There are no limitations on activity after treatment. Serious complications are extremely rare but may include haemorrhage, light scatter, closure of the hole and light damage.

What are the benefits

LPI is very effective in removing intraocular pressure, and aiding treatment of Glaucoma.



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