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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 1991  |  Volume : 39  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 41-43

Scleral buckling with hydrogel implant


Aravind Eye Hospital & Post-graduate Institute of Opthalmology,Anna Nagar, Madurai-625 020, India

Correspondence Address:
Taraprasad Das
Aravind Eye Hospital & Post-graduate Institute of Opthalmology,Anna Nagar, Madurai-625 020
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


PMID: 1916976

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The hydrogel implant for scleral buckling, first developed in 1980, is said to combine the advantages of both solid silicone rubber and silicone sponges. But it is still not widely used. Our clinical experience with the hydrogel implant used in 23 cases of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment is described. It was used both as exoplant and implant. Anatomical success was achieved in 91% of the cases. There was no infection, erosion, migration of extrusion of the buckle. The advantages are that it is soft, elastic, nontoxic, and nonpyogenic; it is devoid of infection and postoperatively it swells up, for additional heightening of the buckle. This new material appears to combine the advantages of both silicone sponge and solid silicon rubber thereby providing an ideal buckling material.


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