THE ADVANTAGES of the use of air after cyclodialysis have been fully discussed by Barkan1 and several other writers in recent articles.2 These advantages were summarized by Barkan as follows: The injection of air (1) controls hemorrhage, (2) widens the cyclodialysis cleft, (3) makes the cleft visible and (4) deepens the anterior chamber. He stated:
Cyclodialysis combined with air injection is indicated in primary glaucoma of the wide angle type. It is especially indicated, to the exclusion of trephination, iridencleisis and iridectomy in the late stage of the narrow angle type after peripheral adhesions have closed the angle in large part, irrespective of whether there is congestion or not. It is indicated in those varieties of secondary glaucoma in which cyclodialysis is commonly accepted as being indicated, [e. g., aphakia].... A high degree of pressure has not contraindicated its use.
In all the methods described in the literature
ROME S, KOFF R. PREPLACEMENT OF AIR IN CYCLODIALYSIS. Arch Ophthalmol. 1948;40(2):134-137. doi:10.1001/archopht.1948.00900030139003