New Type of Laser Addresses Glaucoma, Other Eye Conditions

May 07, 2014

BACKGROUND: In addition to glaucoma care, the technique is useful for cataract surgeries and repair of traumatic ocular injuries, Dr. Nagi said. Glaucoma is a blinding disease in which the optic nerve deteriorates, usually because of high pressure in the eye. ECP is a type of laser that gently burns the ciliary body, the muscle that secretes aqueous humor (a liquid) in the eye. This reduces the pressure. ECP uses an endoscopic probe – a camera the size of a pencil lead – to directly visualize what is being treated. Older techniques laser the muscle from outside the eye, which uses substantially more energy and results in greater inflammation. The new technique can lower intraocular pressure when used in conjunction with cataract surgery, and may decrease the need to use drops to lower eye pressure, Dr. Nagi said.

WHAT: UT Medicine San Antonio’s and University Health System’s first patients to receive glaucoma treatment using a technique called endocyclophotocoagulation (ECP); this is performed with a newly acquired laser that can lower pressure in the eye after cataract surgery without extra incisions and with less inflammation than patients experience with other laser techniques

WHEN: 10 a.m. Thursday, May 8

WHERE: University Health System’s Surgery Center – Medical Center (Located at the Medical Arts & Research Center (MARC), 8300 Floyd Curl Drive)

WHO: Kundandeep Nagi, M.D., assistant professor of ophthalmology in the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio (UT Medicine is the clinical practice of the School of Medicine)

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