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July 1973

Neodymium Laser Cyclocoagulation

Author Affiliations

From the departments of ophthalmology and research, Sinai Hospital of Detroit, Detroit.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1973;90(1):27-28. doi:10.1001/archopht.1973.01000050029006

Nineteen neodymium laser cyclocoagulations were performed on 18 glaucomatous eyes. Thirteen eyes can be considered successfully treated if a criterion of an intraocular pressure of 30 mm Hg or less is used. All 18 eyes are now pain-free. Neodymium cyclocoagulation seems as effective as ruby cyclocoagulation in blue and brown eyes, and may possibly be more effective in dark-brown eyes. The intraocular pressure lowering effect of neodymium cyclocoagulation may be slightly greater than that of ruby cyclocoagulation. To date, no serious complications of this procedure have been found.