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Eye and Vision Care

Narrow Angles

03/11/2010

Question:

I was just told that I have narrow angles in my eyes, and I should have iridotomy.Is there any other way, but laser iridotomy?

Answer:

Narrow angles are not an eye disease. However, they do increase the patient's risk later in life of a serious and potentially blinding eye disease called acute (sudden) glaucoma.

Laser iridotomy is the only treatment available now for narrow angles. In addition, it is a very safe and effective outpatient procedure for this condition.

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Response by:

Robert D Newcomb, OD, MPH, FAAO Robert D Newcomb, OD, MPH, FAAO
Professor Emeritus of Clinical Optometry
College of Optometry
The Ohio State University