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Definition of Peripheral iridectomy

Peripheral iridectomy: A surgical procedure in which a hole is made in the periphery (outer part) of the iris by removing a full-thickness piece from the iris in order to treat a specific type of glaucoma called narrow-angle glaucoma (or angle-closure glaucoma).

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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