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Air bubble technique for fundus visualization in vitrectomy in aphakia

Session Details

Session Title: Vitreoretinal Surgery V

Session Date/Time: Sunday 20/09/2015 | 11:00-13:00

Paper Time: 11:48

Venue: Hermes

First Author: : M.Farouk EGYPT

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Abstract Details

PURPOSE:To evaluate the efficacy and safety of Air Bubble Technique for Fundus Visualization in Vitrectomy in Aphakia.


Prospective interventional uncontrolled case series.


This study included 16 eye of 16 patients how are aphakic and indicated for vitrectomy (12 eye, group 1) or phakic and indicated for phacoemulsifications and vitrectomy (4 eyes, group 2). Cases with complicated vitreoretinal pathology were not included in this study; e.g., advanced PVR & diabetic fibro-vascular membranes. Indications for vitrectomy in group 1 were dropped IOL (4 cases), dropped lens particles (7 cases) and ERM (1 case). Indications for vitrectomy in group 2 were vitreous hemorrhage 2ry to PDR (3 cases) and IOFB (1 case). All vitrectomy surgeries was conducted by the Air Bubble Technique in the anterior chamber. All patients had at least 6 month follow up. Main outcomes included anatomical success, visual acuity, intraoperative and postoperative complications.


The anatomical Success was achieved from the 1st surgery in the 16 eyes. The mean Snellen decimal visual acuity improved from 0.01 preoperatively to 0.25 at final visit (P <0.001). No intraoperative complications were noted attributable to the visualization technique and no cases required conversion to other system.


Air Bubble Technique for Fundus Visualization in Vitrectomy in Aphakia is a safe and effective Technique for the management of uncomplicated conditions.

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