Ophthalmic Procedures
Labelled Diagram of the Eye

Cyclocryotherapy is similar in meaning to the related term cycloablation, i.e. an ophthalmic procedure involving destruction of part of the ciliary body of the eye in order to reduce the eye's production of aqueous humour, which is the watery fluid that fills the anterior chamber of the eye.

The difference between cyclocryotherapy and cycloablation is that cycloablation is the more general term for the procedure and cyclocryotherapy refers specifically to the use of low-temperatures (freezing technique) to perform the procedure.

So, cyclocryotherapy is a treatment used in ophthalmology (the medical discipline concerned with the eyes and visual system) to reduce the pressure inside the eye which is often referred to as "intraocular pressure". More specifically, cyclocryotherapy is the use of freezing techniques to destroy part of the ciliary body of the eye in order to reduce the eye's production of aqueous humour (the watery fluid that fills the anterior chamber of the eye).

In certain circumstances cyclocryotherapy is performed to reduce intraocular pressure in order to treat advanced glaucoma that is resistant to other treatment methods.

More about Ophthalmology:

This section includes short definitions of many diseases, disorders, and conditions of the eyes and visual system.
For definitions of other terms in this category, choose from the list to the left (but note that this is not a complete/exhaustive list).

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For further information see also our pages of books about ophthalmology.

The following books may also be of interest:

The Aging Eye (Harvard Medical School)
MCQ Companion to the Eye (Textbook)
The Secret of Perfect Vision: How You Can Prevent and Reverse Nearsightedness
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM) Glaucoma: The Essential Treatments and Advances That Could Save Your Sight

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