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March 1982

Iridectomy in the Surgical Management of Eight-Ball Hyphema

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pathology, Wills Eye Hospital, Jefferson Medical College of the Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia. Dr Parrish is now with the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1982;100(3):435-437. doi:10.1001/archopht.1982.01030030437010

• The complete absorption of blood in patients with eight-ball hyphema and medically uncontrollable intraocular pressure occurred after iridectomy. No intraoperative complications were noted. Six of the seven patients maintained normal IOPs without medical therapy for at least six months postoperatively. Pupillary block by the clotted blood and the tamponade effect exerted by the total hyphema on the outflow pathway are possible mechanisms of the secondary glaucoma.

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