What is cyclodiode laser?
The cyclodiode laser (also called transscleral photocoagulation) targets the part of the eye that produces the clear watery fluid inside the eye to reduce fluid production and lower eye pressure.
How does cyclodiode laser work?
Glaucoma usually causes elevated pressure in the eye which is damaging to the optic nerve in the back part of the eye. When left untreated, glaucoma can cause vision loss. If previous glaucoma management strategies have been unsuccessful, Dr Kerr may recommend the cyclodiode laser treatment. The cyclodiode laser treatment reduces the amount of fluid the eye produces by targeting the ciliary body. Located behind your iris, the ciliary body constantly produces fluid that flows into the eye. The cyclodiode laser treatment reduces the production of fluid from the ciliary body and helps manage glaucoma.
During the procedure, the pen-shaped laser instrument is placed next to the sclera, the white part of the eye. The laser is applied along the edge of the eye. The laser delivers energy in short, small pulses to the ciliary body without affecting neighbouringeye structures. The procedure is short and afterward, you can go home.
It will take several days for your eyes to heal and your vision may be blurry for a few days or weeks. You may be given drops and medication after the procedure. Some patients need to repeat treatment to achieve lower eye pressure, while others have found the treatment reduces pain caused by high eye pressure. The cyclodiode laser treatment provides relief from glaucoma.