Ophthalmic advices:Cyclophotocoagulation

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Cyclophotocoagulation is a type of laser surgical procedure to treat ailments glaucoma. In ciliary body and some selected cases of advanced glaucoma is applied. A similar technique, the cyclocryotherapy, is applied to the ciliary body in selected cases of very advanced glaucoma.


Cyclophotocoagulation action is performed by applying laser through a special probe. The probe can be placed on the outside of the eye, in contact with the conjunctiva, and laser contiguous affects the inside of the eye at the ciliary body. The probe can be used on the inside of the eye with direct viewing through an endoscope.

The laser produces a scar in the ciliary body exposed. Cyclophotocoagulation applied to specific areas of the ciliary body can decrease the secretion of aqueous humor and decrease the intraocular pressure.


Cyclophotocoagulation indications are reserved in selected cases of glaucoma. In most cases it is advanced glaucoma and can assess other procedures glaucoma surgery.


The decision for surgery should be in accordance with the patient and the ophthalmologist, assessing the state of the eye and especially the optic nerve. It requires a complete ophthalmic examination examination of the intraocular pressure and often complementary studies.


Cyclophotocoagulation procedure is performed in most cases with local anesthesia, anesthetizing the area around the eye. Many interventions sedation is added. Intervention can take an hour depending on the area in question. The result of the operation and the patient's recovery depend largely on the degree glaucoma and discussed. In favorable cases recovery can be quickly and satisfactorily although the prognosis can be booked in other cases.