Glaucoma laser surgery is performed to lower intraocular pressure by increasing the drainage of aqueous fluid or reducing the amount produced. The type of laser surgery used depends on the type of glaucoma that the patient has. The length of time that the pressure remains lowered depends upon factors including the type of glaucoma, the type of laser surgery, and the patient's symptoms.
Once glaucoma has been diagnosed, treatment should begin as soon as possible to help minimize the risk of permanent vision loss. There is no cure for glaucoma, so treatment focuses on relieving symptoms and preventing further damage from occurring. Most cases of glaucoma can be treated with eye drops, laser or microsurgery. The best treatment for your individual case depends on the type and severity of the disease, and can be discussed with your doctor.