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Iatrogenic transfoveal submacular injection of liquid perfluorocarbon

Bernd Kirchhof
The overly hard fluid jet of liquid perfluorocarbon directed towards the posterior pole of the eye near the retinal surface perforates the fovea. Most of the subretinal fluid escapes spontaneously via a pre-existing retinotomy. Remnants of submacular PFCL are being evacuated by the pressure of a preretinal PFCL bubble and subretinal aspiration. The procedure is completed by submacular transplantation of autologous pigment epithelium and choroid. The iatrogenic macular hole is addressed by ILM peeling.

Persistent Hyaloid, posterior variant addressed by vitrectomy

Bernd Kirchhof
A prominent pucker-like formation in a child is diagnosed as posterior variant of primary persistent hyaloid. After vitrectomy a thick membrane can be aspirated and peeled of the macula with the cutter. Petechial hemorrhages suggest the ILM is gone with the epimacular membrane, which is confirmed by ICG staining. At the outer prominent rim of this process no further tissue can be peeled off.

Macular hole plus pucker

Bernd Kirchhof
Since the introduction of dyes in macular hole surgery we recognize the admixture of more or less epiretinal membrane in conjunction with macular hole formation. I do not imply a correlation of epimacular membranes to macular hole formation since even severe pucker formation occur without macular hole. Adressing those combined macular holes and epiretinal membranes we first need to peel the epiretinal membrane, which we find in the non-stained area. Thereafter we need to check...

RPE and Choroid Translocation in massive submacular hemorrhage

Bernd Kirchhof
Usually when larger blood volumes are being removed from underneath the macula then the RPE goes with the blood. An RPE substitute is then required, either by macular translocation or by translocation of a free transplant of pigment epithelium and choroid. The latter is shown here.

Sub-ILM Deposits of Silicone Oil Bubbles complication vitrectomy in Optic Pit

Bern Kirchhof
The surgeon who performed the vitrectomy and silicone oil fill and silicone oil removal in optic pit was uncertain whether the central silicone oil bubbles were under the retina. Subretinal oil has been described in conjunction with silicone oil surgery of optic pits. In this case however the bubbles were entangled between retina (macula) and ILM. The ILM could be stained and removed over the attached macula. The oil bubbles were aspirated and PFCL was...

Posterior vitreous separation in High Myopia

Bernd Kirchhof
Vitreo-retinal adhesion is typically extremely tight in high myopia at the posterior pole. Remnants or plaques of hyaloid are often associated with retinal tears, then in conjunction with posterior pole rhegmatogenous retinal detachments. To ignore residual hyaloid would mean to accept a risk of PVR retinal re-detachment. The hyaloid is virtually impossible to discern without the help of triamcinolone. Then it is so adherent that suction is insufficient force to detach it. It requires a...

Full Macular Translocation in Exsudative Age Related Macular Degeneration

Bernd Kirchhof
Core vitrectomy, posterior vitreous separation if not yet present, vitreous base shaving, usually those eye are pseudophakic otherwise the natural lens can be shifted anteriorly by anterior chamber drainage, so that the vitreous base is accessible without damage to the lens. BSS injection is used to detach the retina, first transretinally to create a retinal bleb of sufficient size to allow further BSS injection transretinally via a 30 or 27 gauge cannula. As long as...

Illuminated Cutter plus Chandelier Light

Bernd Kirchhof
Vitreous to be demonstrated requires a focused light or a light source close to the cutter tip. A diffuse light pipe must be approached to the cutter tip. A chandelier light is diffuse and in most locations to distant from the cutter tip and unsuitable to visualize vitreous. The chandelier light provides the diffuse light for the overview (safety) and an additional light should be positioned close to the cutter opening. An illuminated cutter delivers...

Endoresection of Choroidal Melanoma

Bernd Kirchhof
The reason for the endoresection is the location of the tumor in the vicinity of the macula. Brachytherapy as only means would likely damage the fovea. Endoresection is always combined with brachytherapy, but after removal of the tumor a much lower dose is needed to “sterilize” the sclera. The vitrectomy after 180 degree retinotomy is performed under air to prevent seeding of tumor cells. Also eventual hemorrhage does not compromise the view. The disadvantage of...

Sub-ILM Hemorrhage from a retina macroaneurysm

Bernd Kirchhof
The relevant cause of visual loss is here a preretinal but sub-ILM bleeding from a retina macroaneurysm. Part of the hemorrhage is (typically) intraretina, part subretina, but fortunately these more difficult representations are outside the macula. By peeling of the premacular ILM and aspiration of the fresher premacular blood visual improvement could be achieved.

Pucker Membrane does not stain with ICG

Bernd Kirchhof
Even though this is a macular hole this film focuses on the staining characteristics of the accompanying pucker membrane extrafoveally. The epiretinal membrane stands out in negative contrast, as unstained. Once the pucker is peeled then a second application of ICG unreveals the remaining ILM.

PVR Surgery through a Boston Keratoprothesis

PVR retinal detachment followed the implantation of a Boston keratoprothesis. The video shows PVR-vitrectomy viewing the back of the eye through the keratoprothesis. The central retina can be seen without problem. The peripheral retina cannot be seen ideally, even with indentation. The alterative is to pull the peripheral retina centrally for retinotomy with the help of a forceps. Basically all necessary steps in PVR surgery can be fullfilled through a Boston keratoprothesis.

Scleral loop to fixate an encircling band

Bernd Kirchhof
The standard fixation of an encircling belt is a permanent scleral suture. Sutures have the disadvantage that they eventually may protrude through the conjunctiva, they may cut through the sclera causing dislocation of the belt, or they may be assciated with infections. The scleral loop requires only a round knife (Teller-Messer), formed like a plate. In case of very thin (blue) sclera a suture will not hold and extra sclera need to be sutured onto...

Vitrectomy and Lentectomy in FEVR

Bernd Kirchhof
The goal of treatment of such advances stages of FEVR is to get to the abnormal peripheral retinal vessels and coagulate them. On the way lensectomy and vitrectomy are necessary. The vitreous consists for typical multiple onion-like layers of veils, that are rather stiff, but not very tractional and grow out of the retina. They cannot be completely detached but only trimmed back.

iLASIK after Implantation of a Tecnis Multifocal IOL

Michael C. Knorz
This video shows an iLASIK procdure using the IntraLase iFS femtosecond laaer and the Visx STAAR S4 excimer laser to perform a wavefront-guided LASIK after implantation of a Tecnis diffractive mutifocal IOL.

Rupture of the Eye after Bomb Explosion

Bernd Kirchhof
The situation of rupture of both eye balls concerned both eyes after a bomb explosion as a criminal attack. The patient had “perception of light” in both eyes. One eye was primarily enucleated. The other eye was reconstructed as shown here. This is meant as an example of successful reconstruction in an assumingly hopeless situation and as a reason against primary enucleation at the time of emergency surgery. Since there was no ciliary body and...

Optic Disc Pit treated by Vitrectomy and Platelet Concentrate

Bernd Kirchhof
After unsuccessful pretreatment with laser along the temporal circumference of the optic disc (old scars) a vitrectomy is performed, posterior vitreous separation and platelet concentrate. The idea of platelets is to clog the pig. The idea of vitrectomy is to release traction of eventual vitreous strands into the pit. Both rationales are hypothetical.

Posterior Vitreous Separation by Tano Scraper

Bernd Kirchhof
There are few instances when either triamcinolone or fluid jet are insufficient to help detach the hyaloid. This is my only indication in vitreo-retinal surgery to use a Tano scraper. Its rough and sticky “tongue” entangles with the collagen fibres of the hyaloid and can provide the starting edge for the cutter.

ILM does not Reform, once it is Removed

Bernd Kirchhof
This short film shows that the macula area is spared from ICG staining one year after the ILM was removed from the same spot. Apparently ILM, once it is peeled, cannot rebuild. Sine ILM is a precondition to epiretinal membrane formation, ILM peeling should protect from pucker recurrence.

RPE and Choroid Translocation in Geographic Atrophy

Bernd Kirchhof
A major goal in surgery of geographic atrophy is the atraumatic creation of a submacular space by subretinal injection of BSS. Often the retinal-RPE-Choroid-adhesion is to tight, that water is insufficient. Then a spatula manoevre is advised with the tip of the spatula pointing to the RPE and choroid. Damage of Bruchs membrane is attempted to later on allow ingrowth of connecting vessels from the original choroid to the transplant. The surgical steps are as...

Femtosecond Laser LASIK with the AMO FS 60 Femtosecond Laser

This video demonstrates a LASIK procedure with the AMO FS 60 femtosecond laser and the Visx STAR IR excimer laser.

Posterior Vitreous Separation in Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachment Complicated by Iatrogenic Retinal

Bernd Kirchhof
The combination of retinal detachment and adherent hyaloid is a situation a risk of iatrogenic retinal holes. The retina is mobile and aspiration of cortex cannot be separated from aspiration of retina. The cutter is apparently not a suitable instrument here. Two iatrogenic retinal holes occurred until the procedure was completed in a primary vitrectomy approach. Posterior vitreous separation is left for an eventual secondary procedure possibly in conjunction then with PVR surgery.

Normal Posterior Vitreous Separation by Cutter Aspiration

Bernd Kirchhof
Usually posterior vitreous aspiration can be achieved by moving the cutter close to the attached retina and maximal suction near the disc or over the temporal vascular arcade. Successful PVD can be recognized by the migrating borderline between attached and detached hyaloid, moving from the posterior pole to the periphery in synchrony with the tip of the cutter.

Simulated missing of ILM in Uveitis asssociated macular edema with overlooked hyaloid attached

Bernd Kirchhof
Initially, I was uncertain whether there was ILM at all, since ICG staining did not stain at all, not the posterior pole, not the ILM outside the posterior pole. Only after more or less blind peeling a preretinal sheet unraveled, that turned out be attached thick changed hyaloid, preventing the staining of the ILM. After posterior vitreous separation staining of the ILM was possible as usual. The reason for a completely negative ILM staining may...

Transplantation of a free RPE-choroid graft in patients with exudative AMD

Jan Van Meurs
82 year old female, 5 Avastin injections for a vascularized RPE detachment, submacular hemorrhage treated with vitrectomy/TPA/gas in the acute stage, revealing an RPE-tear with VA of 20/800. RPE transplantation in an effort to reconstitute the underlayer of the macula.

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