The variations encountered in individual cases of retinal detachment make the development of one "standard" operation applicable to all detachments unlikely. Nevertheless it is possible to study the efficiency of various surgical procedures in large numbers of cases and to develop operations shown to be the most effective in certain broad categories of patients with retinal detachments of similar types. Such studies have been the basis of this series of papers1-5 reporting the evolution of the scleral buckling operation. Each publication has presented the principles involved and has described the details of technique used as of the time of writing. Because better materials are constantly becoming available, and because further refinements in technique are continually being tested and adopted, some procedures already had been revised by the time their descriptions were published. This situation is unavoidable, however, particularly if the effects of modifications are to be adequately assessed
REGAN CDJ, SCHEPENS CL, OKAMURA ID, BROCKHURST RJ, McMEEL JW. The Scleral Buckling ProceduresVI. Further Notes on Silicone in Primary Operations. Arch Ophthalmol. 1962;68(3):313–328. doi:10.1001/archopht.1962.00960030317004
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