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June 1970

Vitreous Surgery: III. Intraocular Balloon: Instrument Report

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Retina Research, Retina Foundation and Retina Service, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston. Dr. Couvillion was a research fellow at the Retina Foundation under the sponsorship of the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1970;83(6):713-714. doi:10.1001/archopht.1970.00990030713007

An instrument has been developed with a balloon at its tip, which is useful for surgery within the vitreous cavity. Accurate inflation is controlled by a microsyringe. As the balloon is being deflated prior to removal from the vitreous cavity, its volume occupying space is replaced by air or saline injected through one of the barrels of a double barreled cannula.