Long-term Outcome of Argon Laser Peripheral Iridoplasty in the Management of Plateau Iris Syndrome Eyes

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To report long-term (>5 y) outcomes of plateau iris syndrome patients treated with argon laser peripheral iridoplasty (ALPI).

Patients and Methods:

A retrospective chart review was performed on all patients with plateau iris syndrome treated with ALPI from 1996 to 2007. The study included 22 eyes from 22 patients with plateau iris after peripheral iridotomy that were followed for at least 1 year after ALPI. The primary outcome was incidence of needing any intraocular pressure (IOP)-lowering medications or surgery (either a filtering procedure or phacoemulsification). Demographic and baseline clinical data were summarized by mean (±SD) or frequency (percentage). Snellen best-corrected visual acuity was converted to logMAR. The paired t test was used to compare IOP changes, number of IOP-lowering medications, and best-corrected visual acuity from baseline to annual follow-up.


Mean follow-up was 76 months. Only 2 (9%) eyes maintained an IOP<21 mm Hg without requiring medication or surgery. Seventeen (77%) eyes underwent surgery at an average of 49.1±7.9 months after ALPI. Eight (36%) eyes underwent filtering surgery, and 9 (41%) eyes underwent phacoemulsification. Three months after cataract extraction, no eyes required IOP-lowering medication.


The beneficial effects of ALPI last for <4 years, with the majority of patients (77%) requiring surgery. Phacoemulsification alone was a successful treatment for plateau iris in our patient population.

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