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March 1978

New and Controversial Aspects of Vitreoretinal Surgery

Arch Ophthalmol. 1978;96(3):548. doi:10.1001/archopht.1978.03910050304039

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The proceedings of the 1975 International Symposium on New and Controversial Aspects of Vitreoretinal Surgery, edited by Dr Alice McPherson, have just been published. Comparisons with the first proceedings that were published nearly a decade earlier are unavailable. The emphasis has shifted from retinal detachment to vitreoretinal surgery. A major portion of the present text deals with new and exciting advances in instrumentation and technology. During the past ten years, a remarkable number of diagnostic and therapeutic devices have gained importance in ophthalmology. The list is impressive: fluorescein angiography, A and B scan echography, electrophysiology, laser photocoagulation, microsurgical instrumentation, and devices for mechanically removing the lens and vitreous. The applications, advantages, and disadvantages of many of the instruments used to perform lensectomy and vitrectomy are described. The indications for an "open sky" limbal or pars plana approach are reviewed.

The introductory chapters present an overview of the subject and

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