We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is an Iridectomy?

Tricia Christensen
By
Updated Mar 03, 2024
Our promise to you
The Health Board is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At The Health Board, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Iridectomy is a surgery done on the eye, which in most cases is used to treat the condition called closed angle glaucoma. This is often a sudden onset condition in one eye where part of the iris blocks exit of fluid from the eye. It may also occur on an occasional basis, instead of being suddenly, quite painfully, present. Other reasons an iridectomy may be performed include if there is a tumor on the iris. As suggested by the name, iridectomy removes part of the iris, or what people might think of as the eye color part of the eye, and usually the amount removed is extremely small.

The standard method for performing an iridectomy is to surgically remove this tiny piece of tissue from the iris with scalpels. Given the area of the eye that requires surgery, this is typically done under general anesthesia in a hospital or a surgical center. For some people, this surgery will be a same day procedure, and they’ll go home after anesthesia recovery. Other times people might need an extra day in the hospital to recover, and most people reach full recovery in a few weeks.

There are several variations on the iridectomy. Increasingly, doctors have turned away from the scalpel and instead are using lasers to remove part of the iris. This may be called an iridotomy or a laser assisted iridectomy.

In the iridotomy, which does not require general anesthesia, a laser tool removes part of the iris by burning. Recovery time is quicker, but the disadvantage of this procedure is that it may need to be repeated several times. Some suggest the laser iridotomy is more appropriate for people who have intermittent attacks of closed angle glaucoma, and that it is less useful in people suffering a sudden acute attack of the condition.

With eye conditions like acute closed angle glaucoma, there may not be a lot of time to plan ahead for an iridectomy or iridotomy. When fluid pressure builds in the eye suddenly, this can be extremely painful, and create other symptoms like nausea, aching head, impaired vision, and unusual dilation of the pupil. Doctors usually view this condition as medically urgent, because without quick intervention, retinal veins can become blocked. Though medication may be used briefly to treat rising intraocular pressure, surgery of some form is typically scheduled within a few days of symptom presentation.

Most patients want to know outcome of surgery and this may vary based on each physician. Many people have full sight after an iridectomy, and a lower percentage might have some sight impairment. As with all eye surgeries, complications can arise including infection, damage to the cornea, or greater risk for cataracts. These are usually lower risk as compared to allowing cancer of the eye or closed angle glaucoma to persist.

The Health Board is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Tricia Christensen
By Tricia Christensen
With a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and years of experience as a The Health Board contributor, Tricia Christensen is based in Northern California and brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to her writing. Her wide-ranging interests include reading, writing, medicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion, all of which she incorporates into her informative articles. Tricia is currently working on her first novel.
Discussion Comments
Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen
With a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and years of experience as a The Health Board contributor, Tricia...
Learn more
The Health Board, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

The Health Board, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.