Definition of Ocular Cryotherapy

Reviewed on 2/2/2021

Ocular cryotherapy involves the use of cold temperatures to treat conditions affecting the eyes or eyelids. Cold therapy relies on the formation of ice in treated tissues and small blood vessels, leading to the destruction of living tissue.

There are several different applications of cryotherapy to treat eye conditions. Examples include cataract surgery, repairing damage to the retina, management of glaucoma, and the treatment of certain infections.


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