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To the Editor:
—I recently heard a paper, the title of which used the term "Basal Iridectomy," but the body of the article used the term "peripheral iridectomy" about half the time and "basal" about half the time, as though peripheral and basal were synonymous terms. I know that this use of "peripheral" is quite customary, but I believe it should not be used here for the reasons that follow; the procedure itself is so valuable that it deserves an unequivocal title.In my opinion "peripheral" should be made to apply to that portion of the iris that is farthest from its source of blood supply, innervational impulses, and physical support. By these criteria the pupillary border of the iris is in reality the peripheral border, and a peripheral iridectomy would be an optical iridectomy, merely enlarging the pupil and having no bearing on glaucoma.The Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary
Smart FP. NOMENCLATURE FOR IRIDECTOMY. Arch Ophthalmol. 1963;69(2):284. doi:10.1001/archopht.1963.00960040290023