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August 1959

Results of Iridencleisis in Negro and White Races

Author Affiliations

South Bend, Ind.
From the Glaucoma Clinic of the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary of the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1959;62(2):239-241. doi:10.1001/archopht.1959.04220020065009

It has frequently been said that filtering operations are not as successful in the Negro as in the white race. The opinion that the Negro glaucoma patient is a poor candidate for a filtering procedure is so widely held that frequently another type of operation is performed in a situation where a filtering operation would be indicated if the patient were not a Negro. There seems to be little statistical data in the literature to substantiate or repudiate this belief. Iliff1 reported on 70 cases of primary glaumoca in Negroes in which 54.2% were controlled by filtering operations. This was not significantly different than the 59% successes in a group of 117 cases of filtration surgery in white patients. He compared his Negro series from the Wilmer Institute to a series of white patients from the same institution reported by Randolph and Robertson.2 In their series of 56