Surgical Therapy for Glaucoma

  • Emre Göktas
  • Lama A. Al-AswadEmail author


The goal of treating patients with glaucoma is the successful control of intraocular pressure (IOP). This is most commonly accomplished through medical therapy. However, when medical management fails, or is not practical, glaucoma surgery is indicated. Medical and surgical therapies cannot restore established optic nerve damage due to glaucoma, but treatments, either medical or surgical, reduce the absolute risk of progression by slowing and/or delaying visual field loss. Surgical treatments are often safe and are effective.


Surgical treatment of glaucoma Glaucoma surgical therapies Laser therapy in glaucoma Laser trabeculoplasty Laser peripheral iridotomy Laser iridoplasty (gonioplasty) Trabeculectomy with mitomycin C Glaucoma drainage devices Phacotrabeculectomy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of OphthalmologyColumbia University Irving Medical Center, Edward S. Harkness Eye InstituteNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Columbia University Irving Medical CenterNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Department of Ophthalmology, Edward S. Harkness Eye InstituteColumbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and SurgeonsNew YorkUSA

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