Laser Iridotomy

Laser Iridotomy

Laser iridotomy is a surgical treatment for closed-angle glaucoma. During this procedure, a Temple ophthalmologist uses a medical laser to create a hole on the outer rim of the iris. This hole allows aqueous fluid to flow freely between the chambers of the eye, thereby reducing eye pressure and vision loss. A Temple ophthalmologist may recommend laser iridotomy as a preventive measure before glaucoma even occurs.

Laser iridotomy is also performed as an emergency treatment during an acute closed-angle glaucoma attack. In these cases, the iridotomy quickly reduces eye pressure and the likelihood of damage to the optic nerve. After the emergency treatment, a second iridotomy is usually performed on the other eye to prevent an attack from occurring there.

Laser iridotomy is performed in the physician's office with numbing eye drops. The entire procedure lasts about ten minutes. Most patients do not feel any pain, although some have reported a sensation of heat in the eye being treated. A hospital stay is not required after surgery, although one or two follow-up exams will be necessary.

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