With narrow-angle glaucoma (also called angle-closure or chronic angle-closure glaucoma), the natural fluid produced within the eye is blocked and pressure can build, suddenly causing damage to the optic nerve or possibly blindness. Eye drops are used to bring the elevated pressure back to normal. If medications do not help, if the pressure in the eye is dangerously high, or if Dr. Baker needs to prevent any further glaucoma attacks, a procedure called a peripheral iridectomy (PI) is performed. Using a YAG or cutting laser, Dr. Baker will make a small hole in the outer part of the iris, or colored part of the eye. This opens a channel for the natural fluid produced in the eye to drain more quickly from the back of the eye. The procedure is painless and only takes a matter of minutes.
With open-angle glaucoma, the filtration system within the eye does not work properly. In this case Dr. Baker uses a laser to open areas of the trabecular meshwork which is responsible for draining the fluid from the eye. This type of procedure is called an Argon Laser Trabeculoplasy (ALTP).
Both the Yag PI and the ALTP laser procedures will be performed at the Baker Ambulatory Surgery Center located at Baker Eye Institute. After a brief history and vital sign check, eye drops will be given to numb the eye and to decrease pressure. After Dr. Baker performs the procedure, your eye pressure will be checked before discharge. Follow up appointments will be necessary to monitor your eye pressure.
At Baker Eye Institute in Conway, cataract surgery has benefited countless patients whose vision was fading, many who were nearly blind. Our experienced cataract surgeon, Dr. David Littleton Baker, can help reintroduce you to a world of clear vision. We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about cataract surgery and the difference in IOLs.
If you live in the Conway or Little Rock, Arkansas region and would like further information about cataract surgery, schedule a vision consultation at Baker Eye Institute today. We pride ourselves on offering the latest advances in cataract surgery, including premium lens technology.
Providing excellence in eye care for over 18 years, Baker Eye Institute offers advanced treatment for medical and surgical diseases of the eye and eyelid. Dr. Baker helps restore the vision for patients throughout the state with an advanced no-stitch cataract surgery. You likely know someone who has already had the procedure done and is enjoying their renewed vision.
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