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September 1980

Vitreous Disturbance Following Discission

Author Affiliations

Oakland, Calif
San Francisco

Arch Ophthalmol. 1980;98(9):1656. doi:10.1001/archopht.1980.01020040508028

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To the Editor.  —The article by Sheets and Freidberg (Archives 98:327,1980) entitled "Vitreous Wick Syndrome Following Discission of the Posterior Capsule" serves to emphasize the possibility of vitreous disturbance and attendant problems resulting from needle discission of the posterior capsule. It is our belief that a surgeon who performs anterior segment procedures involving the risk of vitreous disturbance should have vitreous surgery instruments available and the capability (or an assistant with the capability) of using them appropriately. Clearance of the anterior segment of any vitreous encountered can correct or avoid a number of problems. Use of a vitreous surgery instrument as the primary means of creating an opening in the posterior capsule can also be a useful means of avoiding such problems.

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