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December 1985

Techniques of Laser Trabeculoplasty and Laser Iridectomy: An American Academy of Ophthalmology Videotape (No. 5053)

Arch Ophthalmol. 1985;103(12):1789. doi:10.1001/archopht.1985.01050120015008

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Drs Wand, Shields, and Ritch have prepared a videotape that gives an overview of argon laser trabeculoplasty and iridectomy.

Dr Shields discusses the indications, techniques, and results of laser trabeculoplasty. He reviews pertinent anatomic features of the angle, and notes variations of angle appearance to demonstrate potential sources of confusion to the laser surgeon. The technique of performing the proce"... clinically relevant facts regarding argon laser trabeculoplasty and iridectomy."

dure is described in enough detail to provide a good review for the laser surgeon. Dr Shields' discussion includes practical hints such as using iridoplasty (gonioplasty) as an adjunctive technique in making angle structures more easily visible and, thereby, facilitating application of laser burns on the trabecular meshwork. The importance of treating the angle in divided sessions to prevent posttreatment intraocular pressure elevation is mentioned. The need to adjust the power level, depending on the degree of pigmentation of

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