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L B Cantor, D A Nichols, L J Katz, M R Moster, E Poryzees, J A Shields, G L Spaeth; Neodymium-YAG transscleral cyclophotocoagulation. The role of pigmentation.. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 1989;30(8):1834-1837.
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Using a rabbit model we investigated the role of pigmentation of the ciliary body in obtaining ciliodestruction by neodymium-YAG transscleral cyclophotocoagulation. There was marked destruction of the ciliary body in pigmented rabbit eyes, but no histologic effect was observed in albino rabbit eyes. These findings suggest that pigmentation of the ciliary body is important for obtaining the desired response from neodymium-YAG transscleral cyclophotocoagulation in rabbit eyes by our technique. Further study is necessary to define the role of pigmentation in human eyes in this treatment modality.
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