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October 1986

Neodymium-YAG Vitreous Surgery for Phakic and Pseudophakic Malignant Glaucoma

Author Affiliations

From the University Glaucoma Consultants, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1986;104(10):1464-1466. doi:10.1001/archopht.1986.01050220058026

• Ciliary block (malignant glaucoma) developed in a phakic eye and a pseudophakic eye with a posterior chamber intraocular lens and an intact posterior capsule. In both cases, neodymium-YAG laser treatment (2 to 3 mJ) to the anterior vitreous relieved the blockage, and the anterior chamber returned to normal depth. When technically possible, the neodymium-YAG laser may be used to treat phakic and pseudophakic malignant glaucoma before resorting to surgical vitrectomy.