Glaucoma and retinal detachment

Arch Ophthalmol. 1977 Mar;95(3):418-22. doi: 10.1001/archopht.1977.04450030060003.


In a survey of 817 patients undergoing primary operations for retinal detachment, glaucoma was present in 9.5%. Ocular hypertension (intraocular pressure [IOP] greater than 21 mm Hg) was present in an additional 6.5%. Primary open-angle glaucoma; the type of glaucoma most frequently encountered, occurred in 4% of the patients. Aphakic eyes and eyes with peripheral anterior synechiae had high prevalences of glaucoma. A high percentage of eyes with posttraumatic angle recessions had either glaucoma or elevated IOPs. Miotics used in the treatment of glaucoma could not be definitely implicated as a cause of retinal detachment. The rate of successful retinal reattachment was the same, whether or not glaucoma was present. However, a good visual result occurred less frequently in patients with glaucoma.

MeSH terms

  • Eye Injuries / complications
  • Glaucoma / classification
  • Glaucoma / complications*
  • Glaucoma / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Intraocular Pressure
  • Miotics / adverse effects
  • Miotics / therapeutic use
  • Retinal Detachment / complications*
  • Retinal Detachment / etiology
  • Retinal Detachment / surgery


  • Miotics