What is Laser iridotomy?

Category: Surgeries


Laser iridotomy uses a very focused beam of light to create a hole on the outer edge, or rim, of the iris, the colored part of the eye. This opening allows fluid (aqueous humor) to flow between the anterior chamber, the front part of the eye, and the area behind the iris, the posterior chamber.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Glaucoma 5 1
Anatomically narrow angle without glaucoma 1 0
Fatigue 1 0
Pre-glaucoma 1 0

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 1
None 0

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Laser iridotomy

Side effect Patients
Uncomfortable 1


Stopped having Laser iridotomy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 0
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Laser iridotomy.