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Cyclodiode laser therapy for painful, blind glaucomatous eyes
  1. Keith R G Martin,
  2. David C Broadway
  1. Department of Ophthalmology, Norfolk and Norwich Healthcare NHS Trust, West Norwich Hospital, Norwich, UK
  1. David C Broadway, Department of Ophthalmology, West Norwich Hospital, Bowthorpe Road, Norwich, NR2 3TU,{at}


AIMS To determine the ability of cyclodiode laser treatment to relieve discomfort in painful blind glaucomatous eyes.

METHODS 30 eyes underwent cyclodiode to reduce intraocular pressure (IOP) and relieve pain. Patients graded their pre-cyclodiode and post-cyclodiode pain.

RESULTS After a minimum follow up of 6 months, a single cyclodiode treatment lowered mean IOP from 51 mm Hg (95% CI plus or minus 3.7 mm Hg) to 26 mm Hg (95% CI plus or minus 5.8 mm Hg) providing pain relief in 73.3% (22/30). After retreatment of six eyes, mean IOP was reduced to 22 (95% CI plus or minus 5.3) mm Hg and pain relief was obtained in 96.7% (29/30). For eyes achieving pain relief after one treatment, IOP was reduced by >30% in 81.0% (17/21). For eyes not achieving pain relief after one treatment, IOP was reduced by >30% in only 22.2% (2/9) (p=0.0042, Fisher's exact test).

CONCLUSION Cyclodiode was highly successful in providing pain relief in painful blind hypertensive glaucomatous eyes. The best predictor of successful pain relief was IOP reduction of > 30% from baseline.

  • cyclodiode laser
  • painful blind eyes
  • glaucoma
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  • Funding: Norwich Glaucoma Research Fund.

    Conflicting interests: none.

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