Cyclodialysis is a treatment used in ophthalmology - the medical discipline concerned with the eyes and visual system. It is generally performed to reduce the pressure inside the eye which is often referred to as "intraocular pressure", in order to treat glaucoma.
The cyclodialysis procedure involves the separation of part of the ciliary body of the eye from its attachment to the sclera. This creates a cleft, allowing the aqueous humour (the watery fluid that fills the anterior chamber of the eye) to make contact with the newly exposed surface of the ciliary body. This may result in reduced ("intraocular") pressure in the eye.
Patients can usually obtain information about cyclodialysis from their ophthalmologist (ophthalmic surgeon).
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