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Can some of the iridotomy risks be predicted based on the eye tests pre surgery? Read about retinal detachment after the procedure in some cases.

Can some of the iridotomy risks be predicted based on the eye tests pre surgery? Read about retinal detachment after the procedure in some cases.

Very rare: Have not seen a retinal detachment after routine laser iridotomy. Was reported in the literature as a case report after super high energy used. Maybe could have had an unknown tear that led to the detachment. ...Read more

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I'm getting laser iridotomy tomorrow. What can I expect?

I'm getting laser iridotomy tomorrow. What can I expect?

Not difficult: You will receive eye drops to shrink the pupil, prevent pressure rise, resist inflammation and numb your eye. A special lens will placed against the eye and the laser used to make one or more tiny holes in the iris. The procedure is not uncomfortable and takes only a few minutes to perform. ...Read more

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I'm getting laser iridotomy. Is there anything I should know?

I'm getting laser iridotomy. Is there anything I should know?

Your ophthalmologist: Ask your surgeon! this is one area that laser treatment is fabulous for, and ophthalmologists have extensive laser training (i'm a plastic surgeon, but my dad was an optometrist, and my sister is a board-certified ophthalmologist.) in expert hands you should do splendidly. Good luck! ...Read more

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Would laser iridotomy causes any structural damage to the cornea?

Would laser iridotomy causes any structural damage to the cornea?

Maybe: All surgical and laser procedures have risk. It is possible to irritate or even damage the cornea when doing a laser iridotomy. The reason to do an iridotomy is usually to treat or prevent episodes of very high eye pressure. These episodes can cause permanent eye damage, so if you have a condition that merits an iridotomy the risks of not doing the laser could be worse than the laser itself. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the long term efficacy and outcome of yag laser iridotomy?

Please help! what is the long term efficacy and outcome of yag laser iridotomy?

See below: YAG iridotomy greatly reduces the chances of developing acute (and chonic) angle-closure glaucoma which can quickly damage one's vision. If your angles are sufficiently narrow, it is recommended that you have this procedure done. Talk to your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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What is the outcome of yag laser iridotomy?

What is the outcome of yag laser iridotomy?

Hole in the iris: This procedure is done in order to lower the risk of angle closure in patients with anatomically narrow angles. If the iris and the cornea are in close proximity they may touch and by doing so, block the drainage pathway of the eye. The hole made by the yag laser serves to provide a pathway for fluid to move between the front and back of the eye. ...Read more

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What is the long term efficacy and outcome of yag laser iridotomy?

What is the long term efficacy and outcome of yag laser iridotomy?

Great Prognosis: Irdiotomy for narrow angle glaucoma is usually 100% effective in preventing a glaucoma "attack" from angle closure glaucoma. This is true if the iridotomy is created by a laser or other methods. ...Read more

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What is the long term outcome of yag laser iridotomy?

What is the long term outcome of yag laser iridotomy?

Excellent: This is a curative procedure for narrow angle glaucoma and works very well. It is usually done in both eyes. ...Read more