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June 1985

Retrobulbar Anesthesia in Strabismus Surgery: II. Use of a Short-Acting Anesthetic Agent

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatric Ophthalmology, Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1985;103(6):809-810. doi:10.1001/archopht.1985.01050060069028

• Forty-two patients underwent strabismus surgery with a retrobulbar injection of 3% chloroprocaine hydrochloride. In the 18 patients who were followed up in the immediate postoperative period, the average duration of action of 3% chloroprocaine was found to be 2.13 hours. In addition to the advantages of local anesthesia, this short-acting anesthetic permits earlier modifications of adjustable sutures and the earlier discharge of patients on the same day as surgery.

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