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Year : 1967  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 131-134

Iridenclysis by folding of iris

Department of Ophthalmology, General Hospital, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

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Amongst all the filtration operations for glaucoma, iridenclysis has been given the place of choice during the past two decades, although the opera­tion was described by Herbert as early as 1903, and by Holth in 1907. For the present this operation has more or less completely replaced its immediate contemporary - namely trephining. This is because with a little care iri­denclysis has achieved satisfactory re­sults in more or less every type of glaucoma. Its particular indication has been mentioned by Kalt (1947) to be in secondary glaucoma, and by Arruga (1962) in glaucoma with aphakia and buphthalmos.

The purpose of this paper is to men­tion a method by which iris is placed through the scleral section in a fold in order to enclose a drainage channel lined by epithelium. This gives much better filtration than if the iris is placed flat.

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Anesthesia-Xylocaine 4% instilla­tion, Xylocaine 2% retrobulbar injec­tion and facial block.

Operation-Lid sutures retract both lids, and a superior rectus stitch ex­poses the upper bulbar conjunctiva.

Conjunctival incision. A semi-circu­lar incision is made 8 mm. above and concentric with the limbus [Figure - 1]. Smaller incision closer to the limbus limits the area of filtration, lifts the conjunctiva into a bleb like the one after trephining operation and is likely to cause irritation, astigmatism, and infection.

The conjunctival flap is undermined upto the limbus and reflected over the cornea. Bleeding points are pressed with an adrenalin swab. Cauterisation close to the limbus is avoided to pre­vent reaction and fibrosis.

The eye ball is fixed with a fixation forceps keeping one limb above and the other below the conjunctival flap at the limbus at 3 O'clock. This avoids necessity for the assistant to hold the conjunctival flap down.

An ab-externo incision is made 1 mm above the limbus and 3 to 5 mm. long, with a cataract knife directing the edge towards the pupil. Effort is made to reach the anterior chamber at the first attempt. Many attempts may cut the tissue in different planes, making the section ragged, which ulti­mately excites tissue reaction, and fib­rosis resulting in poor filtration of the aqueous.

The iris is made to prolapse by pres­sing over the upper lip of the scleral section. It always comes out as a bulg­ing prominance folded on itself, more so if the pupil is constricted by mio­tics pre-operatively.

In case the iris does not come out, a curved iris forceps is introduced in­to the anterior chamber, and the iris caught at the middle of the pupil and ciliary attachments [Figure - 3]. When pulled out, the iris will come folded on itself. The nasal end of this fold is cut with de-Wecker's scissors [Figure - 4]. The temporal portion is detached from the ciliary attachment, and iris is rota­ted by 90°, to be placed vertically on the sclera [Figure - 5].

The nasal pillar of the iris gets re­posited into the anterior chamber by itself, or manipulated by the iris re­positor. In the whole procedure iris is never touched more than once. The conjunctival flap is reposited over the iris and sutured [Figure - 5]. Care is taken not to stroke the iris from over the conjunctiva, because that is likely to injure and disorganise the tissue.

The conjunctival flap is stitched back into position by a continuous suture.

Sterile air is injected into the ante­rior chamber and under the conjunc­tival flap, and dressings applied with atropine and antibiotic drops.

Dressing is changed on alternate days. Atropine is used only when there is iritis and tenderness. Cortisone with antibiotic ointment was used after the third day. Conjunctival stitch is re­moved on the 5th day, and the patient is discharged on the tenth day. Mas­sage to the eyes was never necessary.

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During the last 3 years a total num­ber of 499 eyes of chronic simple, acute congestive, and secondary glau­comas were operated by this method. After perfecting the technique, a sam­ple batch of 74 eyes was observed in detail and followed for at least one year.

As control, 35 eyes with similar groups of glaucoma, were operated keeping all the steps of operation same as in the sample batch, except that the iris was placed flat in the scle­ral section, with epithelial surface fac­ing the conjunctiva.[Table - 1]

Before operation all the cases were treated with miotics and Diamox for 24 hours in an attempt to normalise the tension.

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[Figure - 6] shows a sectional view of the iris fold under the conjunctiva. It may be noted that the iris is enclosing a definite space which is lined by epi­thelium, which forms a channel for the aqueous. In addition, the iris tissue will work as a wick by conducting aqueous through its body. It is there­fore evident that a double passage has been made for the filtration of aqueous by this operation. In those methods in which iris is kept flat, the only passage for the aqueous is through the iris tissue. With minimum handling of the iris as described, satis­factory results can be achieved even when iris tissue is atrophic.

The need for handling the iris most gently is here emphasised, because in the later stages, the iris is atrophic and disintegrates more readily as when it is held with two forceps and torn as it is done in some places. This iris then cannot hold out like a tunnel for filtration.

The table of results clearly shows the better results obtained with fewer complications, by our modified tech­nique.

Defects in the field of vision get re­duced remarkably in majority of the cases, while in early cases they may even disappear completely after the operation. Importance should be given to a clean ab-externo scleral incision at the first attempt, as subsequent at­tempts invariably result in a ragged incision with a poorer filtration scar.

The presence of a folded iris in the wound prevents total escape of aque­ous during the operation, and prevents damage to the lens. Introduction of air in the anterior chamber further helps in chamber reformation.

Post-operative hyphaema is the re­sult of injury to the intrascleral plexus or to the ciliary body. This can hap­pen only when the scleral incision in made too posteriorily. Precaution is therefore taken not to incise farther than 1 mm. behind the limbus, and to enter the anterior chamber slanting towards the pupil. A more anterior and vertical incision is suggested by Niran­kari and Malhotra (1965), but this is likely to produce some astigmatism, although it may avoid hyphaema. Fur­ther this is also likely to injure the lens, iris and ciliary body [Stallard (1953), Mackie and Rubenstein (1954) and Agarwal (1958)].

We have achieved satisfactory re­sults in cases of absolute glaucoma also by this operation in which we were reasonably sure of absence of a neo­plasm. It may therefore be suggested that a trial be given to this operation before putting up the case for excision of the eye ball.

  Summary Top

A method of placing the iris in a vertical fold under the conjunctiva, in iridenclysis operation is described. A double channel is formed for the aque­ous filtration, one through the enclos­ed channel lined by the iris epithe­lium, and the other through the iris tissue which works like a wick. Ad­vantages of this method over others are described.[8]

  References Top

Kalt, Arch. Ophthal. Paris, 1947, 7, p. 18.  Back to cited text no. 1
Arruga, H. (1962). Ocular Surgery. Mc Graw Hill, p. 727.  Back to cited text no. 2
Herbert, H. (1903) Trans. Ophthal. Soc. U.K. 23, 324.  Back to cited text no. 3
Holt, S. (1907) Ann Oculist (Paris) 137, 345.  Back to cited text no. 4
Nirankari M. !S., Malhotra G. S. (1965) Brit. J. Ophth. 49, 646.  Back to cited text no. 5
Stallard H. B., (1953) Brit. J. Ophth. 37, 680.  Back to cited text no. 6
Mackie E. G., and Rubenstein, E. (1954) Brit. J. Ophth. 38, 641.  Back to cited text no. 7
Agarwal L. P. (1958) Ophthalmolo­gica 135, 51.  Back to cited text no. 8


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