The procedure is carried out with you sitting at an instrument that looks very similar to a Slit Lamp (the main investigation instrument used by optometrists and ophthalmologists). You will have drops in your eyes to dilate your pupil. It is quick and pain free, although some discomfort may be briefly felt when the laser is used. You will see a red light and some flashes and hear what sounds like sparks. The treatment will take less than 10 minutes. Afterwards you are likely to see some floaters which will take a few days to reduce/settle. Your eye may feel mildly uncomfortable for two to three days.
If you have PCOs in both eyes you can have both treated on the same day, one immediately after the other.
YAG Laser Peripheral Iridotomy is used as a preventative treatment for Acute Angle Closure Glaucoma. The technique uses a YAG Laser to create a small drainage hole in the peripheral iris, allowing the aqueous humour to flow through. This then pushes the iris backwards allowing free drainage.
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