MODIFIED SCLERAL BUCKLING WITH A NON-CONTACT WIDE ANGLE VIEWING SYSTEM AND A 25G CHANDELIER ENDOILLUMINTOR
Purpose: To evaluate the outcome of scleral buckling surgery using a wide – angle non-contact viewing system and chandelier endoillumination for per-operative fundus visualization in patients with non-complex rhegmatogenous retinal detachments.
Materials and Methods: This was a prospective, interventional study carried out at the Department of Ophthalmology, Mayo Hospital Lahore over a period of six months. Non-probability convenience sampling technique was employed. Fifteen eyes of fifteen pati-ents underwent modified scleral buckling procedure for rhegmatogenous retinal detachment using a 25G Awh Chandelier (inserted into the sclera through the pars plana) and wide angle viewing system to view the fundus intraoperatively instead of the conventional Indirect Ophthalmoscope.
Results: The mean age of the patients in this study group was 41.9 ± 12.4 years. Out of fifteen patients, 13 had flat retinas postoperatively. Two patients had to undergo pars plana vitrectomy with silicone oil tamponade due to development of retinal detachment secon-dary to PVR.
Conclusion: Modified scleral buckling with the con-current use of a chandelier light and wide angle viewing system provides an easier and more convenient means of visualizing the fundus under panoramic viewing conditions intraoperatively.
Key Words: Wide – angle viewing system. Retinal detachment. Scleral buckling. Endoillumination.
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