Surgical iridectomy involves making an opening in the rim of the
iris, which 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.
This new route decreases pressure in the eye by allowing the normal flow of
fluid through the eye and prevents sudden pressure buildup.
Because of the development of laser iridotomy, surgical iridectomy is
rarely done today. However, it may be used for people who continue to have high
pressure in their eyes after having a laser iridotomy. See laser iridotomy in
the Surgery section of the topic Glaucoma for more
Most of us know that medicine can sometimes cause side effects such as dry mouth. But did you know that medications can also cause vision problems such as dry eyes or sensitivity to light? Some drugs can even lead to serious eye problems or vision loss.
"It's very important for people to be aware of what conditions they have, what medications they're taking, and how they may increase risk of certain eye problems," says Scott Greenstein, MD, FACS, instructor in ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School...