Frequently Asked Questions
Your treatment will be performed in a specially equipped laser room at our surgery center. Plan for about 2 hours from door to door. Once you have been checked in, drops will be used to numb your eye and check the pressure. No injections or needles will be used.
First, you will receive an eye drop called brimonidine, which helps prevent a rise in the eye pressure after the procedure. Then a drop of anesthetic will be applied to numb the eye.
Your doctor will place a special lens on your eye to help focus the laser on the trabecular meshwork. This lens also prevents your eye from blinking and keeps the eye still during the treatment. A clear gel is placed between the eye and the lens to protect the surface of your eye.
You will then hear a series of clicks and may see flashes of light as the laser treats your eye. There is virtually no pain with the procedure. You will feel the lens slowly rotating on the surface of the eye as the doctor treats various parts of the trabecular meshwork.
The procedure generally takes 3-5 minutes.