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Secondary open-angle glaucoma following YAG-laser vitreolysis
  1. Ewout de Vries1,
  2. Chenar Faraj1,
  3. Feike Gerbrandy2 and
  4. Caroline Hulsman1
  1. 1Ophthalmology, Amsterdam UMC Locatie AMC, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  2. 2Floater laser Clinic, OMC Amstelland, Diemen, The Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ewout de Vries; ewoutwilcodevries{at}


We report a case of a man in his 50s who developed open-angle glaucoma following neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet (YAG) laser vitreolysis. Despite attempts to control the pressure with topical medication and selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT), surgical intervention using a Baerveldt glaucoma valve (BGV) was needed after which the intraocular pressure was controlled successfully. This rare but serious complication highlights the fact that in certain cases long-term monitoring of intraocular pressure is necessary following laser vitreolysis.

  • Glaucoma
  • Ophthalmology
  • Visual pathway

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  • Contributors Dr EdV has collected data and written the article. Mr CF has helped with figures and writing the article. Dr FG has helped with data collection and writing the article. Dr CH has helped with writing and reviewing the article.

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  • Competing interests None declared.

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