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Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. James replied 8 years ago.
An iridotomy may cause retinal problems, but is very rare and in that case indirectly affects it. The laser energy is directed to the colored part of the eye (the iris), far away from the retina. It is unlikely that a misfire would hit the retina. More likely is damage to the structures which are closer (lens, cornea).

An iridotomy may start a PVD (posterior vitreous detachment). This is where the thick vitreous gel in the back of the eye liquifies and pulls away from the eye. This happens in many people and can sometimes lead to a retina tear.

If you had a retinal tear after an iridotomy, my first suspicion would be that it was coincidental.

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Expert:  Dr Dansingani replied 8 years ago.
Sorry, posted in error. (Did not realise question was already answered.)