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YAG laser iridotomy can preserve the vision of patients with glaucoma.
An early diagnosis and treatment for glaucoma can prevent this.
In most cases, there is no clear reason as to what causes a build-up of fluid in your eye(s). But if you have a family history of glaucoma or suffer from diabetes, short-sightedness, or long-sightedness, or some other eye conditions such as uveitis, you could be at higher risk of developing glaucoma.
Glaucoma treatment differs depending on the type and severity of glaucoma. An eye specialist known as an Ophthalmologist (Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon) can diagnose the type of glaucoma you have and help find the best treatment for you.
If initial treatment (such as eye drops) does not improve your symptoms, your Consultant might recommend laser treatment. Laser iridotomy is an option if your drainage angles are very narrow or almost closed.
Our dedicated Ophthalmologists are highly experienced in carrying out YAG laser iridotomy treatment. They would be delighted to treat you.
Most glaucoma is asymptomatic except for the advanced cases when visual loss occurs. The most common type of glaucoma is with open drainage angles in the eye (primary open angle glaucoma).
Although this is less frequent, your drainage angles can also close which can gradually increase pressure in your eye. In some instances, it can lead to a sudden and severe rise in pressure and visual loss.
If you do develop this sudden onset of glaucoma (angle closure glaucoma), you might experience symptoms quickly.
In this instance, it is important that you visit your local hospital’s Accident and Emergency (A&E) department as soon as possible.
Glaucoma symptoms include:
Acute angle closure glaucoma: this refers to a sudden increase in eye pressure that occurs when the flow of watery fluid in your eye becomes blocked. This can damage your optic nerve.
Chronic closed or narrow angle glaucoma: this happens when the drain (‘angle’) between the iris and cornea becomes very narrow or closed. This limits the flow of fluid in out of your eye causing sudden increased pressure.
There are different types of laser treatment for glaucoma, including:
Although laser treatment such as a YAG laser iridotomy cannot restore your vision, it can prevent your vision from deteriorating significantly.
A special lens will be positioned against the front area of your eye. The YAG laser is then directed toward the lens to create a small hole in your iris (the coloured part of your eye). This is known as an iridotomy. This hole is typically created on the upper edge of your iris to allow fluid to move across your iris and through your trabecular meshwork (the drainage system of your eye)
During laser iridotomy surgery, you can expect to hear some clicking noises from the laser, but this is nothing to worry about. You might experience slight pain that lasts no more than a second. The laser treatment for each eye can take around five to 10 minutes to perform.
You won’t be able to drive after your appointment, so it is important that you arrange for someone to collect you.
You might have slightly blurred vision for the first few hours following your YAG laser iridotomy. Your eye could also feel bruised and you could have blurred vision which can take a couple of days to resolve. Eye drops from your Consultant can be administered to alleviate any discomfort and manage inflammation from the laser.
Your payment will include the cost of treatment and any after-care appointments. Our flexible payment options mean you can spread the cost of your treatment across 12 to 60 months (around 5 years). You do not require a deposit for this.
If you decide to pay over a 12-month period, your treatment cost will not include interest. You can learn more about our flexible payment options here.