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  1. RETINA SURGERY RETINA PEARLS SECTION EDITORS: DEAN ELIOTT, MD, AND INGRID U. SCOTT, MD, MPH Vitreous Shaving With Scleral Depression Surgical pearls for performing this technique in phakic patients. BY KOUROUS A. REZAEI, MD In this issue of Retina Today, Kourous A. Rezaei, MD, describes his technique for shaving the vit- reous base with scleral depression. We extend an invitation to readers to submit surgical pearls for publication in Retina Today. Please send submissions for consideration to Ingrid U. Scott, MD, MPH, (; or to Dean Eliott, MD ( We look forward to hearing from you. —Ingrid U. Scott, MD, MPH; and Dean Eliott, MD N small-incision trocar systems, lighted and curved instru- ments, and chandelier lighting systems. Such technolo- gies enable surgeons to perform a thorough vitrectomy, which is crucial for the treatment of many vitreoretinal pathologies, including retinal detachment. Every surgeon develops surgical techniques that he or she believes will produce the best possible outcomes for his or her patients. In this article, I describe my current technique, and the technologies used, for shaving peripheral vitre- ous with scleral depression. ew technologies have significantly affected how vitreous surgery is performed today. These technologies include wide-angle view- ing systems, high-speed vitreous cutters, Figure 1.Chandelier light fibers. ESSENTIAL INSTRUMENTATION For this technique, I use the SDI-BIOM panoramic viewing system (Insight Instruments, Inc., Stuart, FL) for wide-angle viewing. The 23-gauge sutureless trocar sys- tem by Alcon Laboratories, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX), is used for microincisions, and a 27-gauge dual-port chandelier light fiber (Dutch Ophthalmic USA, Exter, NH) is used for auxiliary lighting. I use the Constellation Vision System (Alcon Laboratories, Inc.) for vitrectomy. fiber is available with an adjustable silicone stopper, which is adjusted 4 to 5 mm from the tip. The inferior chandelier light is inserted inferiorly and slightly temporal to 6 o’clock to avoid touching the lid speculum when the eye is tilted inferiorly. The chandelier is inserted 3.5 mm posterior to the limbus in phakic patients and 3 mm pos- terior to the limbus in pseudophakic or aphakic patients. A guidance needle with an elongated bevel is used to insert the chandelier light fiber. The first chandelier light fiber is inserted before the infusion cannula to avoid con- junctival ballooning. The chandelier light fiber is taped to the drape so that the tip is perpendicular to the sclera to prevent glare. Next, the infusion cannula is inserted through a 23-gauge cannula. The temporal port of the INSTRUMENT INSERTION The first step of this technique is insertion of the chan- delier light (Figure 1). Initially, it may be tricky to insert the chandelier; however, with time and practice, this becomes easier. The 27-gauge dual-port chandelier light 26 I RETINA TODAY I APRIL 2010

  2. RETINA SURGERY RETINA PEARLS WATCH IT ON NOW ON THE RETINA SURGERY CHANNEL AT WWW.EYETUBE.NET By Kourous A. Rezaei, MD 23G Peripheral Vitreous Shaving and Endolaser in Phakic Patients direct link to video: Peripheral Vitreous Shaving Endolaser in Phakic Patients direct link to video: Figure 2.Location of the chandelier light fibers and the trocars. Vitrectomy and Endolaser in Near the Ora in Phakic Patients direct link to video: chandelier light is inserted temporally superior to the infusion in a similar fashion as above. The other two tro- cars are then inserted (Figure 2). where the light from the chandelier allows direct visuali- zation of the vitreous base. In areas farther from the chandelier light, retroillumination is used to view the vit- reous. It may not be possible to visualize the vitreous in certain situations, such as in an eye with severe cataract. In these situations, the surgeon has already visualized the posterior location of the vitreous base inferiorly (under direct lighting from chandelier light) and, therefore, has an idea of how posterior the vitreous base is located. This landmark may be used for vitrectomy in areas of reduced lighting. When vitreous shaving is complete, the periph- eral retina is examined with an endoilluminator and scler- al depression to assure that adequate vitrectomy is per- formed. The goal is to remove as much vitreous as possi- ble without inducing iatrogenic retinal breaks. ■ SHAVING THE VITREOUS After core vitrectomy and induction of posterior vitreous detachment, peripheral vitrectomy is performed. The chan- delier light allows the surgeon to shave the vitreous with scleral depression without assistance. Even in phakic patients, a thorough peripheral vitreous shaving is possible. The sclera is depressed with the narrow shaft of the scle- ral depressor. It is easier to manipulate the sclera with the narrow shaft, and this also reduces the likelihood of rip- ping the conjunctiva at the fixation points (trocar and chandelier light insertions). The vitreous cutter is set at 5,000 cuts per minute, and the suction is adjusted with the foot pedal. The vitreous cutter is introduced into the eye while the other trocar is plugged. The sclera is depressed gently while the suction is increased. Low suction is used to avoid tearing the peripheral retina. It is important to note that in phakic patients, to prevent touching the lens, the shaft of the vitreous cutter is aligned parallel to the surface of the retina and is not angled. The surgeon must not move the cutter anterior to the ora serrata. The intraocular pressure (IOP) may have to be low- ered during vitrectomy to reduce counter-resistance and allow easy depression of the sclera. IOP may be set at 20 mm Hg on the vitrectomy machine and adjusted based on the rigidity of the sclera during scleral depres- sion. While moving the scleral depressor, the surgeon must be cautious not to suddenly remove the depressor from the sclera. Depression should be decreased gently to allow time for the globe to fill and prevent it from getting soft. Remember, because the IOP is reduced, it will take longer for the vitreous cavity to fill. One important aspect of scleral-depressed vitreous shaving is lighting. Scleral depression is started inferiorly, Kourous A. Rezaei, MD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at Rush University Medical Center and is in pri- vate practice at Illinois Retina Associates in Harvey, IL. He states that he received a grant from Alcon Laboratories, Inc. Dr. Rezaei may be reached at Ingrid U. Scott, MD, MPH, is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Public Health Sciences, Penn State College of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology, and is a member of the Retina Today Editorial Board. She may be reached by phone: +1 717 531 4662; fax: +1 717 531 5475; or via e-mail: Dean Eliott, MD, is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Clinical Affairs, Doheny Eye Institute, Keck School of Medicine at USC, and is a member of the Retina Today Editorial Board. He may be reached by phone: +1 323 442 6582; fax: +1 323 442 6766; or via e-mail: APRIL 2010 I RETINA TODAY I 27