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Is an iridectomy the best treatment for close-angle glaucoma?

Laser iridectomy is the gold standard for treating angle-closure glaucoma and is the primary difference between the treatment of the open-angle and angle-closure forms of glaucoma. Certain topical eye-drop medications can achieve a similar goal, but often the medications do not provide the permanent change that is necessary. In some forms of angle closure, even the laser iridectomy may be insufficient, and it may be necessary to consider other treatments with medications or surgery.

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