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Neodymium:YAG laser iridotomy

Neodymium:YAG laser iridotomy

Survey of Ophthalmology 32(3): 171-177

During the past several years the Neodymium:YAG laser has become increasingly popular for performing peripheral iridotomy. Using energy levels of 2-8 millijoules per shot and 1-3 shots per treatment, most irides can be penetrated in one sitting. Nd:YAG laser iridotomies show very little tendency to close, except in patients with active intraocular inflammation. A small amount of hemorrhage is common following YAG laser iridotomy, but clinically significant hyphema is rare. Significant lenticular or corneal damage is extremely rare. Although longterm follow-up of large numbers of patients is lacking, Nd:YAG laser iridotomy appears to be a safe and effective alternative to Argon laser iridotomy in selected patients.

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