About Glaucoma Laser Treatment
Glaucoma is a category of eye conditions that can deteriorate the eye's optic nerve, which is responsible for sending visual impulses to the brain. The disease is nearly always caused by high intraocular pressure from built-up fluid. If not addressed early enough, glaucoma can lead to blind spots and/or total blindness so we recommend seeking treatment as soon as possible. The board-certified ophthalmologists at Kirk Eye Center utilize a number of advanced laser treatments to address a variety of types of glaucoma. We invite you to contact our office in River Forest or Gurnee, IL to schedule your consultation, and find out if you are a candidate for one of our glaucoma laser procedures.
Is Laser Treatment Right for Me?
If you are diagnosed with open angle glaucoma, selective laser trabeculoplasty is an excellent first line option to help control glaucoma, especially in patients where eye drops are not a practical or appealing option. Alternatively, if you have narrow or closed angle glaucoma, a laser peripheral iridotomy may be essential to help control your condition. We offer specific lasers to treat different types of glaucoma so our team will perform a comprehensive eye health assessment to determine which treatment is best for you. Your treatment will depend on the severity of your glaucoma (open-angle, closed-angle, secondary, etc.). It's vital to have glaucoma treated as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your vision.
"Great overall experience with my Lasik procedure for both my eyes. Dr. Kirk & the staff were fantastic throughout the entire process. I'm so pumped that I don't have to wear contacts or glasses ever again!"- B.M. / Google / Jun 19, 2020
"Just finished having cataract surgery on both of my eyes at Kirk Eye Center and I can see again!! The staff and physicians at the eye and surgical center are wonderful. They are professional, clean, helpful, prompt, and best of all, kind. Thank you Dr. Tyler for giving me my sight back again!"- V.R. / Google / Sep 03, 2021
"I have had cataract surgery in the past 3 weeks. My vision is remarkable! I want to thank those at River Forest location. Your care and compassion is over the top! So thank you Anna, Laura, and Cindy, and Suzanne at the front desk. Thank you to the great staff at the Gurnee location. You're wonderful! And of course thank you Dr. Tyler Kirk and Dr. Scott Kirk. I would and will highly recommend Kirk Eye Center to anyone inquiring."- D.M. / Google / Aug 31, 2021
"I have been visiting the Kirk Family for my ophthalmology need since the 1950's. I have complete confidence in their long-standing tradition of excellence."- C.S. / Google / Aug 24, 2021
"Fantastic experience ordering my daughter’s first pair of glasses from the optical shop. Dr. Kent discovered her astigmatism after a thorough exam. He has a great demeanor with kids and immediately put her at ease. Highly recommend !"- E.D. / Google / Aug 20, 2021
HOW IS LASER TREATMENT DONE?
At Kirk Eye Center, our skilled team uses top-of-the-line technology to address various types of glaucoma. We offer multiple laser-assisted glaucoma treatments based on your specific condition:
- Laser peripheral iridotomy (LPI): A laser iridotomy is a type of laser surgery that is used for narrow-angle glaucoma or for those who are potentially at risk for closed-angle glaucoma. A small hole is created in the iris to allow fluid to drain out, which helps lower eye pressure.
- Laser trabeculoplasty: We offer selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT), which targets the trabecular meshwork of the eye using light energy. This helps increase the flow of drainage. SLT does not damage tissue, has a quick recovery and works as well as our first line eye drop therapies in over 80% of patients. SLT is used in patients with open angle glaucoma.
Glaucoma Laser Treatment Follow-Up
Following your laser glaucoma treatment, you will be observed for a brief period to make sure you are in optimal health before being sent home. A member of our team will provide any follow-up instructions, in addition to detailed aftercare guidelines to help ensure proper healing. In addition, you will need to attend follow-up visits at our office so we can monitor your eye health.
REGAIN YOUR EYE HEALTH
Reducing eye pressure is the most effective method known to treat glaucoma. The board-certified ophthalmologists at Kirk Eye Center offer a number of laser-assisted procedures to manage the symptoms of glaucoma. It is important to get treatment as soon as possible so we encourage you to contact our office in River Forest or Gurnee, IL for a consultation if you have noticed any abnormalities in your vision.