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Private Laser iridotomy surgery

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World-class consultant doctors

Minimal waiting times: fast access to the care you need

Specialist appointments from £200*

Private Laser iridotomy surgery

Private healthcare
available now

World-class consultants

Fast access to care

Appointments from £200*

Minimal waiting times and high-quality care at your fingertips with care at The Edinburgh Clinic

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.

We offer all-inclusive self-pay packages for patients who require laser iridotomy surgery and who wish to pay for their own treatment (terms and conditions apply).

  • Laser iridotomy - bilateral prices range from £1000 to £1350
  • Laser iridotomy - unilateral prices range from £800 to £950

For more information and to speak to our friendly self-pay advisors call

Why choose The Edinburgh Clinic?

Highly experienced world-class surgeons

Excellent patient satisfaction and outcomes

No waiting times - fast access to diagnosis and treatment

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Experienced and friendly team here to support you at every step of your journey

A team that goes above and beyond to care for you


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Three flexible ways to pay

Pay for yourself

You can choose to pay for the treatment you have with us with consultations from £200.

Private insurance

We work with all the leading providers and your treatment could be covered by your insurer.

Interest free loan

We offer finance options so you can pay for your treatment in regular interest-free installments*.

We'd love to hear from you

If you are considering paying for your own surgery and need more information or have a price enquiry and would like to speak to our Self-Pay Team, please fill in the form below and one of our team will contact you as soon a possible.

For more information and prices, speak to one of our friendly self-pay advisors by calling 0131 516 7277 or click here to book an appointment

*Subject to availability