YAG Peripheral Iridotomy in Columbus, OH

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What Is a YAG Peripheral Iridotomy?

Under normal circumstances, aqueous ocular fluid flows steadily between the lens and iris, filtering through the trabecular meshwork at the angle where the iris meets the cornea. If this flow is hindered, fluid can accumulate, leading to increased eye pressure. This condition, known as glaucoma, significantly threatens eye health and can damage the optic nerve, resulting in vision loss or blindness. At Erdey Searcy Eye Group, we perform a YAG peripheral iridotomy using laser technology to create an extra pathway for fluid drainage, thus reducing intraocular pressure. If you're dealing with acute-angle or narrow-angle closure glaucoma, we invite you to consult with our board-certified ophthalmologists in Columbus, OH, to explore whether a YAG peripheral iridotomy could benefit your eye health.

How Does a YAG Peripheral Iridotomy Work?

A YAG peripheral iridotomy works by using a specialized YAG laser to create a small hole in the peripheral part of the iris — the colored part of the eye. This procedure aims to improve the flow of aqueous humor, the fluid inside the eye, by providing an alternative pathway for it to drain. In eyes affected by certain types of glaucoma, particularly angle-closure glaucoma, the normal drainage channel is blocked, leading to increased intraocular pressure. By creating a new opening in the iris, the YAG peripheral iridotomy helps to relieve this pressure, prevent further eye damage, and maintain vision. The procedure is quick, typically only taking a few minutes, and is performed on an outpatient basis with minimal recovery time, allowing patients to return to their daily activities promptly.

Advanced Laser Glaucoma Treatment

Glaucoma poses a significant risk to eye health for numerous individuals. The ophthalmologists at Erdey Searcy Eye Group excel in managing all stages of glaucoma and conducting state-of-the-art laser treatments, such as YAG peripheral iridotomies. For details on YAG peripheral iridotomy in Columbus, OH, please reach out to our eye center today.

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