Laser/Light Application in Ophthalmology: Control of Intraocular Pressure



The term “glaucoma” refers to a group of disorders that share common phenotypes. There are over 20 different subtypes of glaucoma. The glaucomas are defined by a characteristic loss of retinal ganglion cell axons leading to a progressive optic neuropathy that is related to intraocular pressure (IOP). If untreated, glaucoma can cause visual disability and even blindness. Although elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) is no longer formally part of the definition, it is recognized as the major risk factor for progression of the disease.


Trabecular Meshwork Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty Aqueous Outflow Pupillary Block Laser Trabeculoplasty 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of OphthalmologyMassachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of OphthalmologyMassachusetts Eye & Ear InfirmaryBostonUSA

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