Peripheral Iridotomy in Boca Raton, FL

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What is a Peripheral Iridotomy?

In the healthy human eye, aqueous ocular fluid flows smoothly between the lens and the iris and then filters through the trabecular network located where the iris and cornea meet. When this flow is blocked or slowed, fluid buildup can increase eye pressure and lead to optic nerve damage. This common vision threat is called glaucoma, and it is the number one cause of blindness in persons 60 years of age and older. Thankfully, patients who regularly visit their eye doctor and catch glaucoma early have many effective and innovative treatment options available to them. A peripheral iridotomy is a procedure that reduces intraocular pressure by creating a small opening in the outer edge of the iris where fluid can escape and drain. To learn if a peripheral iridotomy at Clewner & Kelly Eye Center can help improve your eye health, contact our glaucoma specialists in Boca Raton, FL.

How is a Peripheral Iridotomy Performed?

A peripheral iridotomy is typically performed as an outpatient procedure and takes approximately 5 – 10 minutes to complete. Before your procedure, a member of our team will administer anesthetic drops to numb the surface of your eyes and minimize your discomfort. Next, a lens is placed over the eye to enhance laser precision. Our glaucoma specialist in Boca Raton, FL, will then use the laser to create a small incision in the outer edge of the iris. Recovery time following the peripheral iridotomy is typically very short, and you should be able to resume normal activities relatively quickly. After the procedure, your ophthalmologist will provide aftercare instructions, as well as monitor your healing progress and intraocular pressure during several follow-up appointments.

Peripheral Iridotomy FAQ

Who is a candidate for a peripheral iridotomy?

The laser peripheral iridotomy in Boca Raton, FL, is usually advised for patients with acute angle-closure glaucoma or narrow angle-closure glaucoma. Patients who show no evidence of high eye pressure or optic nerve damage but who have a closed-angle may be advised to undergo the iridotomy laser procedure as a preventative measure.

Does the peripheral iridotomy cause pain?

Anesthetic eye drops will be administered to you in order to help you feel more comfortable during your procedure. Some patients report a foreign body sensation in the eye following the procedure, but this symptom should subside within a day.

How effective is the peripheral iridotomy?

For the majority of patients, the peripheral iridotomy in Boca Raton, FL, can effectively create a space for fluid to escape and drain, lowering eye pressure and slowing the progression of glaucoma. In the instances where the surgery proves ineffective, or if eye changes such as the formation of cataracts or normal eye aging close off the space again, more options for managing your glaucoma can be discussed with your ophthalmologist. In some cases, the iridotomy laser procedure can be repeated. In other cases, medications or other surgeries may be more appropriate.

Advanced Treatment For Glaucoma

When left unchecked, glaucoma can significantly impact your vision and pose a serious danger to your overall quality of life. Fortunately, partnering with an ophthalmologist to monitor and manage your glaucoma exponentially decreases your chances of vision loss. Our board-certified ophthalmologists at Clewner & Kelly Eye Center are skilled in helping to treat all stages of glaucoma and have demonstrated exceptional proficiency in performing the peripheral iridotomy and many other innovative procedures designed to help slow the disease progression. To learn more about how a peripheral iridotomy can improve your eye health, schedule a consultation at our Boca Raton, FL location.

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