Objective: To report on 8 patients who developed prolonged mydriasis after argon laser peripheral iridoplasty (ALPI).
Design: Retrospective case series.
Methods: A review of the charts of 8 patients with persistent occludable angles after laser iridotomy who developed mydriasis after undergoing ALPI.
Results: 12 eyes of 8 patients (mean age 50.2, standard deviation 6.9, range 40–61 years) developed persistent dilatation. 7 of 8 patients had plateau iris syndrome. Only one patient had a decrease in visual acuity. Intraocular pressure increased only in 1 eye and remained stable or decreased in the others. Of the 8 patients, 7 had blurred vision, 2 had photophobia, 4 had glare and 1 had discomfort. The pupillary response to pilocarpine instillation was minimal or absent. Mydriasis eventually resolved in all eyes without treatment.
Conclusion: ALPI can be complicated by mydriasis unresponsive to pilocarpine. Mydriasis and accompanying symptoms resolved spontaneously within 1 year in most patients.
- ALPI, argon laser peripheral iridoplasty
- IOP, intraocular pressure
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Funding: This study was supported by the Norman and Sandra Pessin Research Fund of the New York Glaucoma Research Institute, New York, New York, USA
Competing interests: None.
Published Online First 20 September 2006
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