Laser iridotomy is a surgical procedure used to treat angle-closure glaucoma and those at risk for developing angle-closure glaucoma. By utilizing state-of-the-art laser technology, our team at Virginia Eye Consultants can relieve the elevated eye pressure that is caused by a blockage of the inner eye’s natural fluid drainage system. In order to prevent permanent vision loss from an attack of this form of glaucoma, you should seek immediate medical attention if you experience the following symptoms:
- Severe ocular pain and redness
- Decreased vision
- Colored halos around lights
Treatment of Angle-Closure Glaucoma
Since raised eye pressure can damage the eye’s optic nerve and damage your vision, it is crucial that you undergo treatment from an angle-closure glaucoma attack immediately. If you are at risk for experiencing one, it is recommended you undergo a laser iridotomy to avoid the emergency of an attack in the future.
The Laser Iridotomy Procedure
During the laser iridotomy procedure, a small hole is carefully made into the affected iris to create a new channel for the fluid to drain from your eye. This new hole corrects your eye’s outflow system, restoring the balance of fluid production and drainage.
The surgery is performed by a qualified eye care professional on an outpatient basis. Your eye will be numbed with eye drops prior to the surgery. A contact lens is then placed onto your eye for optimal precision as the laser is guided over the area. At this time, a small hole about the size of a pinhead is made onto your iris. The entire procedure usually takes only a few minutes. You should arrange for someone to drive you home after the surgery.
What are the side effects of laser iridotomy?
Although laser iridotomy is a highly beneficial solution for an angle-closure glaucoma attack, some patients may experience the following side effects:
- Blurred vision
- Minor bleeding
- Need for re-treatment
- Double vision
Despite the potential side effects of this glaucoma treatment, the risks are far less severe than if the angle-closure glaucoma attack is left untreated.
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