If your glaucoma medications simply aren’t doing the job, you may want to explore advanced laser techniques that target fluid production in your eyes. Daniel Krivoy, MD, offers the MicroPulse® Cyclo to his patients in Los Angeles, California, in order to relieve intraocular pressure by up to 30%. If you’d like to learn more about this noninvasive laser technique, call 310-838-0202.
The MicroPulse Cyclo is a cyclophotocoagulation tool. It targets the cells responsible for producing the fluid that builds up in your eye causing intraocular pressure.
Your eyes are extremely delicate, finely-tuned organs that rely on a certain balance to function properly. In order to keep your eye nourished, your cilial body houses cells that produce a liquid called aqueous humor, which delivers nutrients to your eye, and is subsequently expelled through your trabecular mesh.
With glaucoma, this mesh is compromised and blocks the outflow of fluid, creating uncomfortable and painful intraocular pressure. While many treatments help your eyes drain better, the MicroPulse Cyclo goes straight to the source of fluid production — your cilial body.
With the MicroPulse Cyclo, Dr. Krivoy ablates your ciliary body epithelium (a layer of cells) with laser energy to reduce its ability to produce aqueous humor. One of the big advantages of this system is that in between laser pulses, your tissue cools, preventing thermal elevation.
If you have mild to moderate open-angle glaucoma, and the medications aren’t working in addressing your intraocular pressure, Dr. Krivoy may discuss this treatment option with you. This laser technology is gaining acceptance as an early treatment, as well as a treatment for later stages of the disease. Obviously, the earlier you tackle glaucoma the better, since any damage it causes can’t be reversed.
After a thorough examination and evaluation of your glaucoma, Dr. Krivoy discusses your treatment options, ensuring that he finds one that aligns with your goals.
The answer to this is hard to predict. First, you need to give each treatment time to work, typically about a month. If you don’t see any improvement after a month, Dr. Krivoy may recommend more treatments. Because MicroPulse Cyclo is relatively safe and painless, you’re able to undergo several laser procedures, if needed.
The goal of the laser therapy is to relieve your intraocular pressure, and many patients report a 30% decrease after just one treatment. Some, however, require two or more MicroPulse Cyclo treatments to achieve the 30% goal.
If you’d like to explore noninvasive laser solutions for your glaucoma, call Daniel Krivoy, MD, or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.