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Laser Iridoplasty

When the peripheral iris and cornea are in close contact, this may disrupt the natural circulation of fluid (aqueous humour) within the eye. This is because aqueous humour naturally flows out through the angle between the iris and cornea and any blockage/obstruction will result in it accumulating within the eye and therefore elevating intraocular pressure. Laser iridoplasty is a procedure used to reverse the close contact between peripheral iris and cornea to prevent elevation in intraocular pressure.

Laser iridoplasty is a clinic-based procedure that takes about 5 minutes, and is performed under topical anaesthesia. Your doctor places a contact lens on your eyes to examine your damaged drainage channel. The laser beam is then applied to the iris next to the drainage channel which encourages the iris to move away from the angle, therefore opening it up. This will improve the ability of aqueous humour to drain out freely. Your eye pressure will be monitored shortly after.

Laser iridoplasty may be associated with certain complications (although uncommon) such as sudden increase in eye pressure, requiring further treatment. If you have symptoms such as ex-cessive pain, loss of vision, flashing of light or redness of the eyes, please contact your doctor immediately.

  • Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists.
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • UNSW Australia
  • The University of Sydney
  • Sydney & Sydney Eye Hospital
  • Westmead Hospital
  • Save Sight Institute