Iridotomy: The Procedure
Please take your glaucoma medication as usual on the morning of the laser treatment.
You will spend nearly 1-2 hours in our outpatient clinic.
The eye is usually pretreated half an hour before the procedure with miotic drops (pilocarpine) that make the pupil small.
This medication stretches and thins your iris, much as stretching out the top surface of a drum. This makes the laser procedure easier to do safely.
Also, you will receive eye drops to lower the intraocular pressure (the pressure inside your eye due to aqueous humor).
Just before the procedure, anesthetic drops/gel are placed to numb the eye’s surface so you don’t feel any pain. You may only feel slight discomfort when the laser is applied.
Then, you will then sit at a machine similar to the one used to examine your eyes. You will put your chin on a rest and wait for the doctor’s instructions.
A special contact lens is then placed on the eye to perform the laser surgery. The use of the special lens keeps the eyelids open and minimizes eye movement.
Also, it allows the eye doctor to view your iris clearly so he can concentrate the laser energy and make the hole in your iris safely.
Don’t worry because a gel is placed on its surface to protect the eye from being scratched or damaged by the contact lens.
The hole is created in the iris periphery, aiming at the superior quadrants between 11 and 1 o’clock. This allows the lesion to be covered by the upper eyelid.
The procedure usually takes 5-10 minutes. The YAG laser usually makes a clicking or popping noise. You may also see bright lights and colors, like a photographer’s flash.
You may experience slight discomfort, but it is mild and lasts almost no time.
How Much Does Laser Iridotomy Cost?
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External links – Bibliography
Peripheral iridotomy for pigmentary glaucoma. Michelessi M, Lindsley K.Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016
Laser peripheral iridotomy for the prevention of angle closure: a single-centre, randomised controlled trial. He M, Jiang Y, Huang S, Chang DS, Munoz B, Aung T, Foster PJ, Friedman DS.Lancet. 2019
Role of lens extraction and laser peripheral iridotomy in treatment of glaucoma. Pose-Bazarra S, Azuara-Blanco A.Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2018
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