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February 1969

Illuminated Retractor for Retinal Detachment Surgery

Author Affiliations

From the Retina Service, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1969;81(2):243. doi:10.1001/archopht.1969.00990010245017

FREQUENTLY during surgery for retinal detachment, it is necessary to operate on the sclera posterior to the equator of the globe, eg, in the treatment of posterior breaks and in release of subretinal fluid. Good illumination of these posterior areas is sometimes difficult to obtain with conventional operating room lighting and accessory illumination may be helpful. A fork-type retractor, which is popular for retinal detachment surgery, has been fitted with a fiberoptic bundle (Fig 1). The fiberoptic bundle is quite flexible, making the retractor easy to manipulate, and affords bright illumination of the scleral area exposed by the retractor (Fig 2).

The fiberoptic bundle was provided by the Dynatech Corporation, Cambridge, Mass.

Key Words.  —Retinal detachment surgery, instrumentation.

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