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MAJOR REVIEW
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 136-142

Micropulse diode cyclophotocoagulation: A review of the literature


Jadhavbai Nathamal Singhvee Glaucoma Services, Medical Research Foundation, Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Ronnie George
Jadhavbai Nathamal Singhvee Glaucoma Services, Medical Research Foundation, Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai - 600 006, Tamil Nadu
India
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DOI: 10.4103/kjo.kjo_80_20

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Transscleral diode cyclophotocoagulation (CPC) has conventionally been reserved for refractory glaucoma, where other surgery is not feasible. The newer micropulse cyclophotocoagulation (mpCPC) has become popular in recent times and is increasingly being used as a primary surgery for glaucoma in eyes with good vision. The available literature on mpCPC and its mechanism, histological changes caused in the eye, the technique of usage, efficacy, safety, potential applications, and comparison with continuous wave CPC and other surgeries have been reviewed. Varying criteria for inclusion and different definitions of success in studies make a direct comparison between studies difficult. The lack of definite evidence to prove superiority of mpCPC and the potential for rare but reported sight threatening complications should be kept in mind, especially before using this in nonrefractory cases of glaucoma when other time tested options are available.


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