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Eye Contact Lens. 2010 Nov;36(6):356-7. doi: 10.1097/ICL.0b013e3181f8bc3e.

'Flow out technique' for safe and complete removal of ophthalmic viscosurgical devices after phacoemulsification cataract surgery.

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  • 1Department of Ophthalmology, Centre for Eye Research Australia, University of Melbourne, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne, Australia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Ophthalmic viscosurgical devices (OVDs) are widely used in phacoemulsification cataract surgery. The adverse effects of OVDs retained after cataract surgery are well known, and complete OVD removal should be achieved in every case.

METHODS:

We describe a novel and simple technique using a two-handed irrigation and aspiration (I/A) for safer removal of OVDs.

RESULTS:

The technique was successfully used in 125 eyes of 125 patients after the completion of phacoemulsification cataract surgery. No intra or postoperative complications were observed.

CONCLUSIONS:

The technique described is safe and uses the anatomy of the capsular bag and the dynamics of the I/A ports for the complete removal of OVDs.

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21060259
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