Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Eye Health Center

Font Size

Laser Cyclophotocoagulation for Glaucoma

Laser cyclophotocoagulation is a type of surgery (cyclodestructive procedure) used to destroy the ciliary body, the part of the eye that produces fluid.

In laser cyclophotocoagulation, a laser beam is used to destroy the ciliary body. For this procedure, medication to numb the eye is injected behind the eyeball (retrobulbar anesthesia) before the procedure.

Recommended Related to Eye Health

Primary Congenital Glaucoma

Primary congenital glaucoma (PCG) is an eye disease that affects children between the ages of birth and 3 years. It is one type of glaucoma. Glaucoma refers to a group of diseases that affect the eye and cause major damage to the optic nerve. Primary congenital glaucoma is rare. It affects about one in every 10,000 infants. But it is serious and needs attention. Untreated primary congenital glaucoma is a major cause of childhood blindness. "Primary" means the disease does not result from another...

Read the Primary Congenital Glaucoma article > >

Cyclophotocoagulation procedures are usually done in people who have severe glaucoma that has not improved with other types of treatment or surgery. Repeat treatments of laser cyclophotocoagulation may be needed. For most, but not all, people who have laser cyclophotocoagulation, the pressure in their eyes decreases to their target pressure.

Complications of laser cyclophotocoagulation may include:

  • Cloudiness of eyesight.
  • Bleeding from the site.
  • Inflammation of the area of the eye (uveitis).
  • Pain (may be severe).
  • Shrinkage of the eyeball (hypotony) due to decreased pressure in the eye. This may lead to clouding of the lens (cataract).

Laser cyclodestructive procedures may cause less pain than other cyclodestructive procedures used to destroy the ciliary body.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Christopher J. Rudnisky - Ophthalmology
Last Revised May 5, 2010

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: May 05, 2010
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

Today on WebMD

businesswoman wearing fun eyeglasses
Pink Eye Slideshow
Woman with itchy watery eyes
grilled salmon and spinach

Understanding Stye
human eye
eye exam timing

vision test
is vision correction surgery for you
high tech contacts
eye drop