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May 1956

The Stallard Iridencleisis Operation

Author Affiliations

From the Wills Eye Hospital and Lankenau Hospital. Presented at the Annual Clinical Conference of the Wills Eye Hospital, Feb. 17, 1956.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1956;55(5):676-680. doi:10.1001/archopht.1956.00930030680007

When Stallard was in this country several years ago and lectured at the Wills Eye Hospital on what he chose to call "anterior flap sclerotomy with basal iridencleisis," we were particularly impressed with the high percentage of his surgical successes in glaucoma. After seeing his movie, we decided to use this procedure in selected cases. We now report on 48 patients who have undergone operation in one or both eyes for glaucoma.

At first we were at a loss to know just which cases to select for this procedure. Stallard, in his original report,1 and, more recently, in his more complete report of 1953,2 used the procedure in all types of primary glaucoma, regardless of whether the angle was wide or narrow. He also operated in some cases of acute congestive glaucoma during the acute attack. We still prefer a basal iridectomy, peripheral or complete, in acute congestive

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