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April 1990

A Fiberoptic Stylette for Localizing the Balloon Buckle

Author Affiliations

From the New York (NY) Hospital-Cornell Medical Center (Drs Lincoff and Stergiu), and the Augenklinic University Tubingen, West Germany (Dr Kreissig).

Arch Ophthalmol. 1990;108(4):607. doi:10.1001/archopht.1990.01070060155067

• A third-generation balloon catheter that accepts a fiberoptic has been developed. The fiberoptic is inserted through the catheter to the center of the balloon when the balloon is in the area of the retinal break. Viewed with the ophthalmoscope light at dim to off, the balloon can be seen glowing through the wall of the eye. The position of the balloon can then be shifted until the glow is precisely under the retinal break.