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What is laser iridotomy?
A laser iridotomy is a procedure used to treat angle-closure glaucoma.
If you have healthy eyes, the fluid in your eye (aqueous humour) flows through your pupil into the front of your eye and drains away through drainage channels called the trabecular meshwork. However, if you have angle-closure, these drainage channels are obstructed by the iris (the coloured part of your eye) which has moved forward. Because of this, the aqueous humour cannot leave your eye, so your eye pressure increases (also known as intraocular pressure). The build-up of pressure injures your optic nerve (which carries information from your eyes to your brain) and damages your vision.
How does it work?
A laser iridotomy uses a laser beam to create a small hole in your iris. This forms a permanent passage, which the aqueous humour can flow through, and pushes the iris tissue backwards, thereby unblocking the drainage channels. Aqueous humour is a completely different fluid to your tears - they will not be affected by the operation.
It is important to remember that this procedure is performed to save the sight you still have. It will not restore any sight you may have already lost; neither will it improve your sight. The laser treatment is to prevent a sudden (acute) rise in pressure within your eye. Without having this treatment, you are at risk of developing sudden glaucoma and irreversible blindness.
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