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June 1972

Vitrectomy in Intraocular TraumaIts Rationale and Its Indications and Limitations

Author Affiliations

New Orleans
From the Department of Ophthalmology, Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1972;87(6):621-628. doi:10.1001/archopht.1972.01000020623002

Fibrosis is an essential factor in the natural healing of intraocular injuries, but when it goes on to overgrowth, this originally benign process becomes destructive and gives rise to complications that may eventually result in loss of the eye. Vitrectomy is recommended for the correction of this situation in selected cases in which salvage of some vision is a possibility. The background of this paper is the 11 vitrectomies performed in 119 recently observed surgical cases of intraocular trauma. Such trauma presents a challenge which ophthalmic surgeons have not yet fully faced.