Glaucoma Laser Treatment2018-01-12T10:15:26+00:00

Laser Treatment

Private Eye Care in London
by Consultant Laura Crawley

Glaucoma Laser Treatment

Glaucoma is a condition that requires treatment and depending on the individual and the severity of glaucoma many different treatment options are available. The two most common treatment options include eye drops and ocular surgery. You can read more about the glaucoma condition here or watch this video where Laura Crawley explains the condition.

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What Patients Say About Laura Crawley

I had the best experience working with Dr Crawley. I felt looked after and she took the time to get to know me. I would highly recommend her.

Sven K. | Brighton

From the moment I met her to the moment I left, I was treated with great courtesy and kindness, and everything was explained to me in layman’s terms so I could fully understand my condition. I was immensely impressed.

Paul | London

“Thank you very much for seeing me yesterday, you were marvellous and a pride to the NHS”

Mariah P. | London

Dear Laura,
Just a quick note to say thanks for looking after my mum Mrs M. so wonderfully. It was so good of you to take so much time and care as she was very worried about my appointment and you really made such a difference to my experience. Thank you.

Ruth S. | Oxford

Dear Angela and Laura,
Thank you very much for seeing me yesterday. You were both marvellous and a pride to the NHS. You could, if you two wish, send this to your line manager. Thank you again!

Rebecca K. | Brighton

Dear Laura,
Enjoy your holiday and thanks for everything so far.
Best Wishes

Janet A. | London

Glaucoma Treatment: Laser

Laser treatment can be as effective as drops in lowering the IOP. It is a good alternative to drops in some patients.

Surgical treatments include trabeculectomy, glaucoma drainage devices or ‘Phaco +’ procedures. The latter is undertaken along with a glaucoma micro stent or laser treatment inside the eye. Trabeculectomy surgery is the common glaucoma operation performed worldwide. The specialist creates a new pathway for fluid to drain away from the eye using the patient’s own tissue. A glaucoma drainage device is used in complex cases. The specialist will insert a small silicone tube into the front chamber of the eye. This tube is attached to a drainage plate. This will allow the fluid to drain away via this implant.

Selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) can reduce the IOP by 20-30%. Just as much as an eye drop in patients who respond well to the treatment. This can mean that laser alone will be enough to control the IOP without the need for daily drops for 3-5 years. SLT is painless and can be done in the clinic. The laser modifies the normal physiological drainage pathway within the eyeball. Furthermore, it encourages it to drain the aqueous fluid in a more effective way. It does not damage the eye. The treatment is a safe and well-tolerated. This treatment is especially suitable for patients who cannot put drops in.

This treatment is also used for those who cannot tolerate some of the side effects of glaucoma drops.

After Glaucoma Treatment

Regular lifelong follow-up is crucial in monitoring glaucoma and the effect of treatment. You will not be aware if your glaucoma is getting worse until the disease is in its end stage. This will limit the treatment options. Eye pressure checks, optic disc scans and visual field tests are the gold standard follow-up tests for all glaucoma patients.

Hello, I’m Eye Consultant Laura Crawley

I’m a consultant ophthalmic surgeon with specialist interest in glaucoma, cataract surgery and common red eye conditions such as blepharitis and conjuctivitis.

My patients are people who want to be highly informed, understand all of their options and work together with me to ensure the best possible eye care outcomes.

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For additional information download the Visual Field Test Leaflet

The best way to figure out your eye treatment options is to give us a call on: 020 7935 7990,
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