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Glaucoma Laser Treatment

Intraocular pressure (IOP) is measured in millimetres of mercury (mmHg). Laser can be used to reduce the IOP by either selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT Laser) or YAG laser iridotomy (YAG PI Laser).


Glaucoma laser treatment, in the form of  Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT Laser), is generally the first line of treatment recommended by for people with IOP of 24mmHg or more, primary angle closure glaucoma, and those at risk of visual impairment is  (NICE). This treatment basically reduces the eyes production of aqueous fluid with a resulting decrease in the intraocular pressure.

Patients with narrow drainage angles who are experiencing, or at risk of, acute angle closure glaucoma can be specifically treated with a YAG laser iridotomy  (YAG PI). This procedure creates a small peripheral hole in the iris to allow normal drainage of aqueous, markedly reducing the risk of a sudden intraocular pressure rise.

The Process

If you require any glaucoma laser treatment, either SLT and YAG PI, these will be performed as an outpatient procedure

After using an anaesthetic drop a special contact lens is placed on your eye

Laser treatment takes 10-15 minutes per eye

Following treatment you will be given anti-inflammatory drops to use for one week

Why MY Eye Clinic?

My Eye Clinic can provide expert consultant assessment of glaucoma.

The clinic has a full range of diagnostic equipment for glaucoma. This allows precise measurement of your corneal thickness, intraocular pressure and drainage angles. We can assess your peripheral vision will with automated visual field machine. We can image your optic nerves with detailed OCT scans.

My Eye Clinic has an excellent new laser machine that can perform selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT Laser) and YAG laser peripheral iridotomy (YAG PI Laser).

Your Consultants

Consultant Eye Surgeon with a specialist interest in Glaucoma

Mr Doherty undertook undergraduate and postgraduate medical training in Newcastle upon Tyne before proceeding to Ophthalmology specialist training in both the Northern and Yorkshire Deaneries. He subsequently completed an eighteen-month Glaucoma subspeciality fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. He was appointed as a Consultant in Glaucoma and Cataract treatment at Sunderland Eye Infirmary in September 2013.

Consultant Eye Surgeon with a specialist interest in Glaucoma

Mr El-Assal completed his Ophthalmology training in the North East of England. He accomplished his glaucoma sub-specialist fellowship in Moorfields Eye Hospital-London where he developed a special interest in minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS). He is currently working as a Consultant specialising in glaucoma and cataract surgery at Sunderland Eye Infirmary.


Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty, SLT (one eye)


Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty, SLT (two eyes)


Yag Laser iridotomy (one eye)


Yag Laser iridotomy (both eyes)



Temporary redness and discomfort

Transient blurring of vision

Temporary increase in intraocular pressure

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Anthony TooleAnthony Toole
12:56 16 Apr 24
Alistair QuinnAlistair Quinn
13:07 09 Apr 24
First class recommendation for My Eye Clinic and in particular Andrew Peel who was professional, knowledgeable very thorough. A pleasure to deal with!
Holly RobinsonHolly Robinson
12:16 28 Mar 24
So helpful and reassuring. My site is amazing. The whole process was so smooth, I understood everything that I was told and knew of any risks and potential side effects before agreeing to anything. Couldn't be happier.
Dawn RaffleDawn Raffle
19:10 21 Feb 24
I recently had permanent lens procedure carried out by Mr Ghosh. Having glasses as a child and contact lenses for many years, this has been an absolute revelation for me. Mr Ghosh was absolutely brilliant and very professional from the start. All the staff are lovely and especially like to thank Dianne, Anita and the team. This has changed my life for the better thanks.
Anis FinnAnis Finn
09:35 29 Mar 23
Beautiful clinic, really nice atmosphere, prompt service and really friendly and professional staff. Fernando was particularly great!I would definitely recommend.
Mrs TigerMrs Tiger
17:51 17 Jan 23
Excellent care, all staff very courteous and helpful. YAG surgery clearly explained to me by Mr Morgan, who did a brilliant job. I'd highly recommend this clinic.
Arya DaniArya Dani
14:43 22 Dec 22
Good location
Audrey GilesAudrey Giles
08:58 23 Nov 22
I visited the My Hearing Clinic knowing I needed a hearing assessment but thinking it was just a build up of wax. It came as a shock that I heard a hearing loss which needed addressing. The service I received from Andrew was outstanding! He explained my hearing loss and went through all my options. He recognised that it was a lot of information to take in so made a follow up appointment, giving me sufficient time to think about what I wanted to do. From start to finish the service has been excellent, efficient, professional and friendly from the moment you walk through the door and meet Lee. The clinic is well located, parking on site, high standard of cleanliness. Definitely a recommendation from me. Thank you!
Andrea BoothAndrea Booth
19:55 22 Nov 22
Absolutely first class treatment and experience at this wonderful clinic. Staff were exceptionally welcoming and friendly Mr Morgan the consultant was lovely explaining everything. I had YAG laser treatment painless no discomfort and almost immediate corrected vision. Thank you all so very very much.
Glynis GallagherGlynis Gallagher
16:41 17 Nov 21
Visited clinic today with a totally blocked left ear. Had micro suction to remove a huge build up of ear wax. It was over in minutes. Excellent, efficient and friendly service from start to finish. Would recommend 100% Worth every penny!
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