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February 1973

Vitreous Surgery: VII. Corneal Protector for Subtotal Vitrectomy

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Retina Research of the Retina Foundation, and the Retina Service of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston. Dr. Ashrafzadeh is now with Pahlavi University Medical School, Shiraz, Iran. Dr. Lee is now with Albany Medical College of Union University, Albany, NY.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1973;89(2):138-142. doi:10.1001/archopht.1973.01000040140018

Vitrectomy through a corneal incision of 270° to 300° presents a great hazard to the cornea which may develop endothelial decompensation followed by corneal edema and opacity. These complications may result from corneal dehydration, mechanical trauma, nutritional deprivation, or a combination of these factors. A chamber-like corneal protector made of latex, which allows continuous infusion of tissue culture medium 199, has proved useful in monkey eyes to prevent corneal damage during vitreous and retinal surgery performed through a large corneal incision.

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