Neodymium-YAG vitreous surgery for phakic and pseudophakic malignant glaucoma

Arch Ophthalmol. 1986 Oct;104(10):1464-6. doi: 10.1001/archopht.1986.01050220058026.


Ciliary block (malignant glaucoma) developed in a phakic eye and a pseudophakic eye with a posterior chamber intraocular lens and an intact posterior capsule. In both cases, neodymium-YAG laser treatment (2 to 3 mJ) to the anterior vitreous relieved the blockage, and the anterior chamber returned to normal depth. When technically possible, the neodymium-YAG laser may be used to treat phakic and pseudophakic malignant glaucoma before resorting to surgical vitrectomy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Glaucoma / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Laser Therapy*
  • Lenses, Intraocular*
  • Male
  • Vitrectomy
  • Vitreous Body / surgery*