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Question:
I have been diagnosed with narrow angle glaucoma and it has been suggested I have laser iridotomy. With this type of eye condition would I be able to have LASIK eye correction?   

Answer:
Narrow angle glaucoma, if untreated can lead to a sudden attack of acute-angle glaucoma associated with elevated intraocular pressure and pain. Acute-angle glaucoma is an ocular emergency. If not treated in a timely manner, it can lead to some permanent vision loss. It is very important that if your ophthalmologist or Eye M.D. has recommended iridotomy that you follow up on the recommendation soon. LASIK is a different kind of laser surgery that involves reshaping the cornea, located at the front of the eye, to reduce dependence on contact lenses or glasses to see. In general, the factors that would lead to iridotomy or lead to LASIK are independent of each other and quite different. Often, these scenarios can be more complex. For example, some patients who present with narrow angles may also have cataracts. In that case, rather than LASIK, cataract removal surgery might better address that situation. Each eye is unique. You should speak to your Eye M.D. to have a better understanding of the risks and benefits of any eye procedure. An Eye M.D. can present your options and explain the best intervention for you.

Answered by: Andrew Iwach, MD Dr. Andrew Iwach 

Categories: Glaucoma, Eye Surgery, Vision Correction

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Answered: Oct 10, 2012

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