Iris Retraction Syndrome after Intraocular Surgery

David S. Greenfield, A. Robert Bellows, George K. Asdourian, Harry A. Kachadoorian

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Background: The authors report the postoperative development of iris retraction syndrome in two individuals. This is a rare syndrome that can present with pupillary block after an unrepaired rhegmatogenous retinal detachment. Patients: The authors report two patients who had the iris retraction syndrome shortly after intraocular surgery. One patient had pupillary block that developed 6 months after cataract extraction and posterior chamber intraocular lens implantation. A second patient had uveitis, hypotony, and pupillary seclusion 4 weeks after pars plana vitrectomy. Results: Both patients were treated successfully with a scleral buckling procedure and peripheral iridectomy. Conclusion: Postoperative uveitis that occurs with iris retraction and pupillary seclusion should alert the physician of an occult retinal detachment and warrant a thorough dilated funduscopic examination. Features unique to this report include the development of iris retraction syndrome in the presence of a pseudophakos, the rapidity of onset of this disorder after retinal detachment, and its masquerade as a persistent postoperative uveitis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)98-100
Number of pages3
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995
Externally publishedYes

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  • Ophthalmology

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    Greenfield, D. S., Bellows, A. R., Asdourian, G. K., & Kachadoorian, H. A. (1995). Iris Retraction Syndrome after Intraocular Surgery. Ophthalmology, 102(1), 98-100.