Laser Peripheral Iridotomy P.I's

Angle Closure Glaucoma

Angle closure glaucoma is a non-acute condition that usually occurs in both eyes. Pressures usually rises, but not as suddenly as it does with an acute attack. You may have no pain or other symptoms. If the drain is damaged, however, the pressure may remain high and require long-term management.

Angle Closure Glaucoma

Making A New Opening

When your drainage angle is too narrow, the iris can push against the drain causing pressure to rise. The iris can totally block the drain or partially block it. Medication may be use prior to your laser treatment

What You Can Expect During Your Laser Experience

Your doctor will be carrying out a laser treatment called an iridotomy to create a new opening for the fluid to drain.

Angle Closure Glaucoma

First, pupil constricting drops will be placed in your eyes. This may cause a tugging sensation on your forehead or headache. You could take tylenol to help ease the effects of this drop.
Next, anesthetic drops are used to numb the eye. While you are seated in front of the LASER MACHINE, the laser energy is then focused through a lens to treat the iridotomy. You will hear a popping sound. It is important to remain very still during the procedure, which only takes a few minutes. Your vision may be slightly blurred at first, but your should be able to get back to your normal routine within a few hours.

After treatment your eye pressures will be monitored before you leave and steroid medication will be prescribed four times a day for five days.

Angle Closure Glaucoma