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Laser Surgery for Glaucoma

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

Laser surgery for glaucoma is used to open your eye drainage system, or create a new drainage system. Glaucoma is caused by fluid buildup behind the eye. This surgery helps decrease eye pressure and slow or prevent more damage and vision loss. You may need surgery on one or both eyes.

Eye Anatomy


Call your eye doctor if:


Care for your eye:

Medical alert identification:

Wear medical alert jewelry or carry a card that says you have glaucoma. Ask where to get these items.

Medical Alert Jewelry

Follow up with your eye doctor as directed:

You will need to return to have your eye checked. The pressure in your eye will need to be checked regularly. Your eye doctor will tell you when to come in for check-ups. Bring your eye drops and other medicines with you. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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