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November 1987

Medical Therapy for the Acute Postoperative Intraocular Pressure Rise Following Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty-Reply

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Baltimore Betty House Fort Worth, Tex

Arch Ophthalmol. 1987;105(11):1477. doi:10.1001/archopht.1987.01060110022006

In Reply.  —We apologize to D Samples for conveying the impression that we either unfairly dismissed or made a pejorative reference to their important study. On the contrary, their landmark work is the first that demonstrates that topical therapy cans that topical ence acute postoperative IOP rise following argon laser trabeculoplasty.A pilot study is "an inquiry, survey, or study of limited scope, employed to test the feasibility of more extensive investigations."1 We therefore do not believe that referring to an investigation as a pilot study is in any way pejorative or misleading. In fact, we refer to our own analysis as a pilot study.We currently ddo not konw ow extensive an IOP elevationeye with preexisting glaucoma can toleratl without increased optic nerve damage. Both of our studies deal with severely damaged eyes already receiving maximum tolerated available medical therapy. It therefore would be ideal

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