Hyphema complicating laser iridotomy

Arch Ophthalmol. 1982 Jun;100(6):924-5. doi: 10.1001/archopht.1982.01030030932005.


Hyphema resulting from a laser iridotomy (iridectomy) occurred in a patient with chronic subclinical angle closure glaucoma. This complication has been described previously in patients with rubeosis iridis and uveitis and in patients receiving anticoagulant drugs, but to our knowledge, this is the first report of a hyphema resulting from a laser iridotomy in a patient having no known predisposing pathological condition, either ocular of systemic, While no complications of hyphema were encountered in this patient, we recommend that this rare complication be kept in mind whenever a laser iridotomy is contemplated.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Glaucoma / diagnosis
  • Glaucoma / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Hyphema / complications*
  • Intraocular Pressure
  • Iris / surgery*
  • Laser Therapy*
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Complications