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From the Archives of the Archives
June 1999

A look at the past . . .

Arch Ophthalmol. 1999;117(6):814. doi:10.1001/archopht.117.6.814

Of TROUSSEAU'S notes, those on the action of iridectomy in chronic glaucoma are particularly interesting. In ten cases of slowly progressive glaucoma with slight increase of tension, iridectomy was followed by an immediate more or less marked diminution of vision, and in two cases by complete loss of sight. The comparison of the two eyes of the same patient, one operated on and one not, is instructive. Of two such cases, in one vision was lost at the same time in both eyes, and in the other a year and a half earlier in the operated eye. In ten other cases operated on one eye only, the glaucoma progressed more rapidly after operation in two cases, and the acuteness of vision was diminished in all.