FREQUENTLY during surgery for retinal detachment, it is necessary to operate on the sclera posterior to the equator of the globe, eg, in the treatment of posterior breaks and in release of subretinal fluid. Good illumination of these posterior areas is sometimes difficult to obtain with conventional operating room lighting and accessory illumination may be helpful. A fork-type retractor, which is popular for retinal detachment surgery, has been fitted with a fiberoptic bundle (Fig 1). The fiberoptic bundle is quite flexible, making the retractor easy to manipulate, and affords bright illumination of the scleral area exposed by the retractor (Fig 2).
The fiberoptic bundle was provided by the Dynatech Corporation, Cambridge, Mass.
—Retinal detachment surgery, instrumentation.
Brockhurst RJ. Illuminated Retractor for Retinal Detachment Surgery. Arch Ophthalmol. 1969;81(2):243. doi:10.1001/archopht.1969.00990010245017