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Question:
What is the incidence of retinal tear or detachment after a sudden onset of PVD following an iridotomy?

Answer:
The incidence of retinal detachment after an iridotomy is quite low. Studies I’ve seen suggest rates of less than one percent. I’ve not seen studies that effectively quantify the frequency of retinal tears following laser iridotomy, but I’d suspect that most retinal events that do occur are coincidental.

Answered by: James M. Heltzer, MDDr. James M. Heltzer

Categories: Glaucoma, Eye Surgery

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Answered: Jan 01, 2013

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