Laser Iridotomy in Napa, CA

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What is Laser Iridotomy?

Glaucoma is something many people face. This condition, which leads to damage of the optic nerve, can result in vision loss or blindness if not treated. At Eye Specialists of Napa Valley, we use laser iridotomy to treat closed-angle and narrow-angle glaucoma. The angle, which is the area between the iris and cornea, houses the Trabecular Meshwork (TM). The TM guides fluid from the eye out, but if the angle is too narrow, this process cannot happen properly and can lead to elevated pressure. Laser iridotomy can treat and prevent this issue before the irreversible damage occurs. We encourage you to set up an appointment with one of our talented ophthalmologists to have your glaucoma checked and see if you could benefit from laser iridotomy or other glaucoma treatments.

What Can I Expect from Laser Iridotomy?

Laser iridotomy can be performed as a preventive measure to emergency treatment, making it a popular choice for people with varying degrees of narrow-angle glaucoma. Those with farsightedness, dense cataracts, or shorter eyes may be at greater risk for developing narrow- or closed-angle glaucoma and should discuss preventive measures with our Napa, CA ophthalmology team. To begin the laser iridotomy treatment, one of our skilled ophthalmologists will target a beam of light into your eye to make an opening in the iris. This will allow us to widen the angle and enhance the flow of fluid in the eye, relieving pressure buildup. This procedure takes minutes and is completed in one of our private treatment areas. Following your treatment, we may ask you to wait between 30 - 60 minutes so we can check your eye pressure. You may experience some light sensitivity and blurry vision for the next day or so following your procedure, but this is normal and should go away within 72 hours.

Maintain Eye Health

If you are looking to prevent or manage glaucoma, laser iridotomy at Eye Specialists of Napa Valley may help! For those with closed- or narrow-angle glaucoma, this treatment could prevent permanent vision loss. For more information on how you can maintain your eye health or to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified ophthalmologists, contact our Napa, CA vision practice today.

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