Glaucoma – Laser Therapy

There are many laser therapy options available, depending on the type of glaucoma you have.

These are described in this section

Selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT)

This is a laser procedure which allows fluid to drain more effectively through the trabecular meshwork (the area where it is supposed to drain out of the eye).

The procedure can be completed in the clinic rooms, and requires only anaesthetic drops. Usually it is performed over two sessions, to reduce the amount of inflammation in the eye.

These sessions may be spaced a week apart. Often, the intraocular pressure is lowered sufficiently to stop one of the IOP lowering medications if you have already started on drops. This can also be used as a first line treatment, instead of using drops, if that is your preference and your type of glaucoma is suitable for treatment via this method.

Laser peripheral iridotomy (PI)

This is a treatment where a tiny, microscopic hole is made in the iris (the coloured part of the eye), to prevent fluid getting trapped behind the iris, causing the IOP to become very high.

This procedure can be performed in the clinic room, with anaesthetic drops. Typically, you will require anti-inflammatory drops for 1 week after the procedure.

This procedure is indicated for patients who are at risk of having an episode of angle closure, due to the anatomical structure of their eye. Following your examination, Dr Oakley will be able to advise you if this applies to you.


This is a laser procedure which works to decrease the amount of fluid produced by the eye, and therefore lower the IOP. It is done in the procedure room in the clinic or in theatre, and requires a short acting local anaesthetic block.

Typically, it will take 4 weeks to take effect, so any glaucoma medications you have been using will need to be continued during this time.

Book complimentary laser assessment

To understand your best laser options we provide either a tele-consultation or in-house assessment that is no cost to the participant. Provided by a skilled refractive counsellor from ParkView Day Surgery, our affiliated day surgery facility, during this appointment we are able to refine what your personal eye solution is, and provide you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

Are you suitable for eye laser surgery?

Not all people are suitable for laser surgery and a thorough examination with an Ophthalmologist is necessary to determine suitability, however, there are some general guidelines and questions which can provide an initial indication of suitability. Take the suitability test and take your first step to a clearer brighter future.

Your questions answered here

We understand that having eye laser surgery is an important decision and that you may have questions about the procedure, your immediate recovery and what you can expect in the days, weeks and months after surgery. We have answered as many as we can here.