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September 1984

Photocoagulation in Glaucoma and Anterior Segment Disease

Arch Ophthalmol. 1984;102(9):1259-1260. doi:10.1001/archopht.1984.01040031023005

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Lasers have been used to treat the eye for a little more than two decades, but for most of that period they have been almost exclusively in the domain of the retinal surgeon. During the past five years, however, the development of glaucoma treatment and laser capsulotomies have brought the laser within the purview of the general ophthalmologist. Not surprisingly, a number of books are now appearing that discuss these treatment techniques in detail. Some of these books concentrate on glaucoma applications, while others deal only with neodymium-YAG lasers. This book incorporates both aspects but is weighted toward glaucoma.

Perhaps the most revealing chapter in these books is the one that deals with laser iridectomy. Many experienced laser therapists successfully use a wide range of diverse techniques to create laser iridectomies. I believe that a well-written chapter on this subject presents not only the author's own technique in detail,

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