New operations for glaucoma are being proposed and old ones revived. Probably no one operation will ever meet the requirements of all ophthalmic surgeons.
Iridotasis was first brought out by Borthen1 of Norway, in 1911, when he reported 97 cases of glaucoma in which the patients were successfully operated on by "his method." In 1917, Harrower2 also made a report on 23 successful cases before the American Ophthalmological Society. In 1923, W. H. Wilder3 made a similar report before the American Medical Association on 36 cases. M. Goldenburg4 reported favorably on 105 cases, and now I shall report on 40 cases, in which operations were done at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary according to Borthen's method.
The unsurgical principle involved, the incarceration of the iris in the limbal wound, kept me, like most ophthalmic surgeons, from doing this operation years ago. As Goldenburg
BELL GH. IRIDOTASIS FOR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY GLAUCOMA. Arch Ophthalmol. 1930;3(2):194–199. doi:10.1001/archopht.1930.00810040072007
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