In the aphakic eye, with intact iris diaphragm, silicone oil has frequently caused a pupillary block. In this situation aqueous humour accumulates behind the iris and forces silicone oil through the pupil into the anterior chamber. An iridectomy at the 6 o'clock position can effectively prevent this pupillary block. The iridectomy allows free passage of aqueous to the anterior chamber which remains free of silicone oil. No permanent contact with silicone oil and the cornea is established, and development of keratopathy is prevented. The effect of this iridectomy in 62 eyes with intact iris diaphragm in patients in Rotterdam (35 cases) and Nagoya (27 cases) is demonstrated. Only in 6.5% of the cases was silicone oil present in the anterior chamber at the end of the follow-up period of 7 months.
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