Cyclophotocoagulation is recommended for patients with refractory glaucoma who have persistently elevated eye pressure. Patients usually have failed tube shunt procedures or trabeculectomies. Some patients have a minimal useful vision. The procedure may be used on patients with no visual potential and a need for pain relief.
Diode cyclophotocoagulation is an outpatient procedure. The patient receives a peribulbar block (anesthesia around the eye) prior to the laser. The laser, performed by your ophthalmic surgeon, takes 20 to 30 minutes and will require the use of postoperative drops to decrease inflammation in the eye. Most patients have minimal postoperative pain. The procedure may be repeated if the desired eye pressure is not achieved.