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August 1970

Perforation of the Globe During Strabismus Surgery

Author Affiliations

Brooklyn, NY
From the Brooklyn Eye and Ear Hospital, Brooklyn, NY.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1970;84(2):151-157. doi:10.1001/archopht.1970.00990040153006

Perforation of the choroid and retina during strabismus surgery is considered the etiology in two cases of retinal detachment, a case of vitreal hemorrhage, and an endophthalmitis. The growth of connective tissue into the vitreous from the site of perforation may be an important factor in the prognosis of a detached retina resulting from this complication. Among 65 children who had undergone corrective surgery for strabismus, six (9.2%) had funduscopic lesions indicating perforation of the globe with a needle. The proper choice of needles, and great care in passing them through thin sclera is stressed.

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