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Question:
I have been diagnosed as being at risk for closed-angle glaucoma. My doctor is recommending a laser iridotomy. I have read the risks, but have not found anything that says this treatment is recommended as a prophylactic measure. How do I properly assess my risks?

Answer:
Laser iridotomy is a laser treatment to help prevent angle-closure glaucoma. Typically, an ophthalmologist will recommend the laser treatment if the angle is narrow enough to increase the risk of glaucoma significantly. The best approach is to discuss your concerns with your ophthalmologist, and ask her/him about your specific risks.

Answered by: Dr. Ruth D. WilliamsRuth Williams, MD

Categories: Eye Conditions, Eye Diseases, Glaucoma, Eye Surgery

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Answered: Nov 29, 2010

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