What causes cataracts following laser peripheral iridotomy (LPI)?

Updated: Jun 15, 2020
  • Author: Frank X Cao, MD; Chief Editor: C Stephen Foster, MD, FACS, FACR, FAAO, FARVO  more...
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Lens opacities can develop if the iridotomy site is too close to the pupil. Cataract formation is attributable to heat buildup during argon laser use and direct tissue disruption during Nd:YAG laser use. [1, 9]


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