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Year : 1982  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 409-426

Paras plan, surgery

Sankara Nethralaya, A Unit of Medical Research Foundation, 18, College Road, Madras-600006, India

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I consider myself extremely fortunate for having been selected to deliver the Major S.C. Dutta oration for 1981.

I stand before you as the recipient of the highest honour the all India ophthalmological society bestows on a young ophthalmologist. Truly speaking, I consider that this unique honour and the great tribute paid to me today -entirely belongs to the institution "Sankara Nethralaya". I wish to express on this occa­sion to one and all of the hard working and dedicated professional colleagues, the fellows as well as the consultants, my special and sincere acknowledgement of their extreme devotion and co-operation and to the able administration, particularly the Board of Management of the Medical Research Found­ation, my eternal indebtedness fur having made my dream come true.

Major S.C. Dutta, born in Calcutta in the year 1890, graduated from the Calcutta Medical College in 1913. He specialised in ophthalmology at Moorfields in England and University of Vienna, in Austria. He was a special invitee at the International Cong­ress of Ophthalmology held in London in 1950 to read his research paper on 'Epide­mic Dropsy'. He was the President of our illustrious All India Ophthalmological society in 1953-54. A devoted Rotarian, his life was full of achievements in various fields besides ophthalmology - a very inspiring one, particularly to youngsters like myself.

In the late sixties, while 1 was in Boston, with Dr. Charles L. Schepens, I was most fortunate to see the array of development in vitreous surgery, vitreous scissors, balloon, vitreous forceps and the vitreous substitutes such as hyaluronic acid, collagen, silicone oil, etc. But it was here in Madurai in India that I was exposed to the revolution in vitreous surgery of the seventies by Dr. Gholam Peyman, Professor of ophthalmology, University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary. It was a thrilling, unforgettable and a memo­rable event in my life to watch the disc emerge out of the clouds of vitreous haze. Fortuna­tely, my mentor to closed paras plana surgery, Dr. Gholam Peyman is physically present here and may I take this opportunity to thank him from the bottom of my heart for having introduced me to this `soul thrilling' ultimate in ophthalmic surgery-the vitreous surgery. To Dr. Mohanuas M Kini and Dr. Peter H. Morse who are also present here today to watch my progress, my special salutations.

  Applied anatomy Top

Paras plana a part of the ciliary body is located posterior to paras plicata of the ciliary body and anterior to the ora serrata, the anterior limit of the retina.

Vitreous base, is a 2 mm. broad band wherein the vitreous is strongly adherent to the adjacent retina and paras plana; it straddles on either side of the ora serrata, around 360° are of the globe.

The Long posterior ciliary artery and the nerve are normally located at the 3 and 9 0' clock horizontal meridians.

The incisions for entry into the paras plana are made 3.5 mm. from limbus in any meridian except 3 - 9 O'clock zones to avoid injury to long post ciliary artery and nerves.

Frans liumination is an extremely useful adjunct - vessel free illuminated area between paras plicata and ora serrata is chosen for making sclerotomy entry sites into paras plana [Figure - 1].

  Instrumentation Top

1. Operating microscope.

2. Neutralising contact lens. 3. Ocutome unit model 800A.

4. Fibre optic light source with endoillum­inator.

5. Infusion system.

6. Wilson's lens fragmentor.

7. Wilson's 50 gauge infusion canula. 8. Charles' flute needle.


1. Operating Microscope

The Carl Zeiss OPMI-7F is used at San­kar. Nethralaya. The foot pedal allows zoom focussing, thus a variable magnification from 6x to 24x is available. Minimum magnification allows larger field size and greater depth of focus and is used during greater part of the surgery. When working very close to retina, greater magnification may be utilised for short periods of time for higher magnifica­tion and better identification on structures during surgery.

The X-Y coupling allows lateral movement of microscopic observation system through remote control foot switch. When the biman­uaI paras plana surgery is being carried out in the extreme periphery by rotating the eye ball in the desired position, the microscope observation system is shifted accordingly with remote control foot switch The working dista­nce is 150 mm. The fibre optic light source of the microscope system is available as

(i) coaxial with observation system used during most surgery including anterior vitrec­tomy.

(ii) Paraxial illumination-a source of gene­ral illumination.

(iii) Slit illumination - particularly useful in lensectomy and mebranectomy for final in­spection of the cleared pupillary area to make doubly sure that thin capsule or membrane remnants are not left behind in the optical pathway.

The microscope also has a beam splitter with attachments for

(a) Observer's tube (for assistants).

(b) 35 mm.still camera.

(c) 16 mm. movie camera.

(d) Closed circuit T.V. camera.

2. Neutralising Contact Lens [Figure - 2]

Lumalens is a -50.00 D piano concave lens the diameter being 12 mm. Made of plastic resin, this semi hard contact lens stands repeated autoclave sterilisation. For visualisa­tion of posterior vitreous and the retina, the concave side of the lens is applied over the moist cornea. By pressing the centre the air is expelled between the two surfaces and the lens is held in situ even when the eye is turned in different directions with the two instruments inside the eye during bimanual surgery. Observation through luma lens results in minification and larger field size, both advantageous to the surgeon. Richards, "Machemer contact lens" held in position by the assistant has continuous irrigation of the lens cornea interface. It can be shifted from one position to another.

3. Ocutome Unit Model 800 a [Figure - 3]

It hase got two major components. (a) Control unit. (b) Ocutome probe.

(a) The control unit provides controlled source of pressure and suction to operate the probe. It has the following important parts:

(i) Suction gauge : This is aneroid type and can be varied between 0" to 15" of mercury as required.

(ii) Cutting rate knob : This is for adjusting the rate between 50 to 400 strokes per minute.

(iii) Suction bottle: For collection of debris.

(iv) Foot switch p dal : For pure suction or suction with cutting. Each can be operated independent of the other.

(b) The ocutome probe has got three main parts [Figure - 4].

(i) Base : It has provision for connec­ting the & ebris tube and the actuator tube through which the probe is connected to the control unit

(ii) Barrel : It is used to hold the instru­ment and connect the base with the needle.

(iii) Needle : This goes inside the eye. It is a 20 gauge size. Cutting port is situated on one side of tip of the needle.

Through this the tissue is aspirated and cut by guillotine action of the cutter inside the needle. The port opening can be varied from 0 to 0.9 mm., in 0.1 mm. stage for control over bite size.

The opening port is always in open posi­tion when not working. So no incarceration of tissue takes place.

4. Illumination system [Figure - 5]

Illumination system consists of light gene­ration system, fibre optic cables and accessori­es. The conical beam illuminator is used for internal illumination for posterior vitrectomy. It is introduced into the eye through a sepa­rate sclerotomy, in paras plana. The transcor­neal illuminator is used to select this paras plana sclerotomy entry site.

5. Infusion system [Figure - 6]

For infuson a separate sclerotomy is made and infusion canula (20 gauge ) is fixed to sclera with mattress suture. This is connec­ted to infusion bottle with the help of tubi­ngs and intravenous set.

Infusion can be combined with the ocutome probe by using a Charles' infusion sleeve elimi­nating ones sclerotomy.

Infusion is by gravity feed, the intraocular pressure is controlled by adjusting the height of the infusion bottle. The rate of infusion is regulated with the help of a metal pinch clamp.

6. Willson's Lens Fragmentor [Figure - 7]

This pneumatically activated instrument provides to and fro jack hammer type of move­ment of a solid rod at the tip of the probe needle. It is similar to Peyman's Fragmentor, but unlike the Peyman's instrument it does not provide the infusion and suction.

The maximum projection of the inner oscillating road is 1.5 mm. from the tip of the probe needle. The tip of the probe needle is rounded off to reduce the sharp angular features and to facilitate easy entry through scleral incision.

The to and fro movement is made possible by the movements of a piston activated by compressed air from a compressor located in the main console of Vijaya Sukut machine.

The advantage of this instrument is that it could be used in conjunction with the ocutome system and utilises the same sized entry site for introduction into the eye.

7. Wilson 20 Gauge Infusion Canula [Figure - 8]

This is an indigenously made 20 gauge needle with a blunt rounded offend. It is bent to 140°sub approximately 3/4 from the tip. At the hub end of the needle where the intravenous tubings are connected, a hexagonal aluminium sleeve is provided. This acts as a handle for easy and comfortable manipula­tion of the infusion canula. This comes handy in anterior segment surgery for directing flow fluid.

8. Charles' flute needle [Figure - 8]

This is a 20 gauge blunt rounded off needle with a handle over its hub end. There is a hole over the handle which communicates with the lumen of the needle. The hole is situated at a convenient distance over the handle and can be closed or opened with fingertip movement.

This is used to extrude the contents of the eye ball, e.g., a pool of blood or subre­tinal fluid under controlled conditions by the pressure obtained with infusion in a closed cavity. Fluid gas exchange can also be done with this.

Indications [Table - 1]

They are many but only few major indications make the subject of this study as shown in [Table - 1]. This also excludes surgery performed for some indications with vitreo­phage and or Vijaya Sukut.

Anterior segment indications are for clearing pupillary area while posterior segment indications are for better visualization of fundus for improving functional results.

  Vitrectomy work up Top

This includes thorough Ophthalmological examination of both eyes including ultrasono­graphy.

This done to diagnose presence of rubeosis cataract, glaucoma or abnormal vitreoretinal relationship pre-operatively so that surgery can be planned pre-operatively.

Rubeosis can best be detected by examining the iris with cobalt blue filter on slit lamp after injecting the fluorescein intravenously. Even early cataract interferes with proper visual­zation while doing posterior vitrectomy and so when it is existing pre-operatively, lens extraction should be combined with paras plana surgery.

Pre-operative management [Table - 2]

This is described in brief in [Table - 2]. 1 prefers to use Inj. Ampicillin 500 mgm. 1 m. one hour before surgery. This gives a high blood concentration at the time of surgery. Maximum and sustained pupillary dilatation is a must in vitrectomy. This can be achie­ved with alternate use of homatropine and phenylephrine every ten minutes. Frequent use of phenylephrine should be avoided as it causes corneal oedema.

Post-operative Management [Table - 3]

Follow-up examination is done with bino­cular indirect opthalmoscope daily while in hospital and weekly thereafter for six weeks. As victrectomy does not eliminate basic patho­logy, quarterly follow-up is required to know the progress of the disease.

  Surgical technique Top

This can be divided into two broad groups: 1. Basic surgical techniques common to all procedures

2. Special techniques for specific needs

  Basic surgical techniques Top

(a) Pre-operative Preparation

Before scrubbing microscope is adjusted and foot pedal controls are checked. After scrubbing, port size of probe is selected and it is connected to main console with twin bore tubing. Cutting rate and suction rate are ad­justed and set at desired level. The height of infusion bottle is adjusted for getting desired level. The height of infusion bottle is adjusted for getting desired pressure at infusion site.

(b) Anaesthesia

In a short procedure lasting less than two hours, e.g., vitrectomy for victreous haemo­rrhage, lensectomy, local anaesthesia using Bupivacaine 0.5% (Marcaine) is used. Other­wise in all cases and in young children general anaesthesia with muscle relaxants is used.

(c) Operative Procedure

(i) Selection of sclerotomy site

After cleaning and draping, sclerotomy site is selected with the help of corneal transillurni­nator, avoiding vitreous base and major vessels and nerves, keeping in mind the ease of mani­pulation. Usually this is 3.5 to 4.0 mm. away from limbus and two in temporal and one in nasal quadrants.

(ii) Making Sclerotomies

Coujunctiva is cut with scissors at the site and bleeders cauterized. A stab incision is made with myringotomy knife (V. Mueller) with a point directed to pupillary area for anterior segment surgery and centre of vitreous cavity for vitrectomy. This is widened with the help of stilleto to 3.0 mm. size so that it is adequate for ocutome needle, making it water tight closure.

Before making sclerotomies make sure that eye is not too soft. Soft eye offers least resis­tance and makes precise incision difficult and can cause uveal separation. In such cases tension is built up by injecting saline with 30 gauge needle prior to sclerotomy.

For vitrectomy three sclerotomies are per­formed each for Ocutome, endolluminator and infusion. These are made in different quad­rants, two in temporal and one in nasal for ease of manipulation. The infusion cannula is fixed by a 4'0 mattress suture to sclera.

For anterior segment surgery, only two sclerotomies are made for Ocutome and infu­sion each. When a sclerotomy is not in use it is closed by a plug for keeping the cavity water tight. For anterior segment surgery limbal approach can be used in the same way as paras plana surgery.

(iii). Closure of wound

At the conclusion of surgery sclerotomies are closed with 6'0 nylon suture.

This is a vital step as majority of wound complications occur at this stage. To prevent this, it is necessary to see that instruments are withdrawn from a soft eye only. To achieve this, infusion is stopped and only suction is carried out at the end of surgery till eye be­comes soft.

  Special techniques Top

(a) Lensectomy [Figure - 9]

Myringotomy knife is directed into the lens after it passes into the sclera. Then through the same opening fragmatome is introduced. Once it is in mid pupillary area fragmentation is begun in the central part and then continued in the peripheral part. While doing so care is taken not to injure anterior or posterior capsule or the globe. This can best be done by keeping the tip of the instrument constantly under observation. After fragmentation is over fragmatome is withdrawn and Ocutome is introduced through same opening. Ocutome is usually operated at suction rate of 7 mm. of Hg. and cutting rate of 150/minute. Infusion is through second sclerotomy at paras plana usually at 160° from first for better bimnual manipulation. After removing the lens matter anterior capsule is nibbled and then posterior capsule is removed. Slit examination through microscope is helpful in identifying tags of capsule at this stage.

In cases of soft lenses Ocutome alone is used.

The same procedure can be done with tim­bal approach (See [Table - 4]).

(b) Membraneciomy [Figure - 10]

Myringtomy knife is passed into the central (pupillary) portion of membrane after making sclerotomy. Ocutome probe is introduced into the opening so created in the membrane. Ocutome is operated with suction at 5 mm. of Hg. and pupillary area is cleared of the mem­brane.

When membrane was found thick to be cut by Ocutome (a delicate instrument) wide angle cutter vitreophage was used. In two cases where vitreophage failed Vanna's scissors were used. However, proper instrument in such cases is intraocular scissors (20 gauge from Medical Workshop, Holland M.125A).

This can also be done through limbal approach. (See [Table - 4]).

(c) Vilrectomy [Figure - 11]

After making three standard sclerotomies for Ocutome, infusion and illuminator, vitrec­tomy is begun with Ocutome.

Up to mid cavity vitrectomy intraocular illumination is not required; para-axial and co-axial illumination are sufficient.

For posterior vitrectomies neutralising con­tact lens (Luma lens or Machmer's lens) is re­quired and intraocular illumination is a must as the light from the microscope cannot reach.

As intensity of illuminator is low it should be kept as near the Ocutome as possible so that better view is obtained without obstru­cting the Ocutome. The endoiluminator should not be held too near the retina on same spot for longer time as this causes photic da­mage to retina which is reversible in initial stages only.

For removing hyaloid membrane or any other membranes sea to land or land to sea technique can be employed after piercing it. Sea to land is better as it is under better visual control [Figure - 12].

(i) Neovascular membrane

Management of neovascular membrane during vitrectomy is a problem. It can be ma­naged by diathermizing the base of the mem­brane with (a) underwater diathermy or (b)bipolar diathermy and then removing them with Ocutome without any problem of bleeding.

Another way of doing it is cutting and re­moving the whole saffolding of the neovascu­lar membrane from its base at retina to its apex in the vitreous and making it free floating. At the end of the surgery it settles on retina and does not progress. It may regress under such circumstances.

(ii) Removal of a pool of blood

For this Charles fluted needle is used. Its inner end is kept into the pool. After proper positioning, fingertip is removed from external opening which drains the blood out. During this procedure infusion is running providing necessary force for draining the blood out.

(d) Lens extraction and Vitrectomv

If lens is not too hard it is removed through paras plana as in cases of lensectomies. Hard lenses are removed through limbus intra­capsularly prior to paras plana surgery. After watertight closure of the wound paras plana surgery is begun.

(e) Paras plana surgery and retinal detachment

Opacities obscuring the view and detailed examination are removed through paras plana. Plugs are used to close sclerotomies and scleral buckling procedure is done.

This is also done for removing the mem­branes in cases of retinal detachment compli­cated by massive periretinal proliferation (M.P.P) and in traction retinal detachments to remove traction bands and membranes.

Besides these, paras plana surgery gives following opportunities for sclera-1 buckling procedures

1. Closure of retinal breaks by (a) endodi­athermy (bipolar or under water) (b) intrao­cular cryo coagulation (c) endophotoccagula­


2. Internal drainage of subretinal fluid.

3. Fluid gas exchange.

4. Hydraulic dissection.

Last three of these are useful in improving results in complicated cases. Of these, internal drainage of subretinal fluid and fluid gas ex­change are done with Charles fluted needle and deserve special mention.

(i) Internal drainage of subretinal fluid

Inner end of Charles fluted needle is kept into the subretinal space through the retinal break and thus subretinal fluid is evacuated. Dependent positioning of the hole is important for complete evacuation.

(ii) Fluid gas exchange

The Charles flute needle is kept in a depen­dent position of eye and gas is introduced through separate sclerotomy which drains all the intraocular fluid through Charles flute needle and fills the eye ball with gas.

  Complications Top

Complications of paras plana surgery are divided mainly into two groups. Operative and post-operative.

A. Operative complications [Table - 5]

They are divided into (i) Common to all surgeries (ii) common to anterior segment sur­geries (iii) posterior segment surgeries.

1. Common operative complications

1. Wound complications

(a) Prolapse of uveal tissue occurred in two cases of vitrectomy for vitreous haemorrhage at the end of surgery on removing the instru­ments from the eye. This was on withdrawing the instruments from the eye and managed by reposition and excision remaining tissues.

(b) Vitreous loss [Figure - 13] was seen in 9 cases of which 8 were for lensectomies and one for vitrectomy for vitreous haemorrhage on withdrawing the instruments from the eye. This was managed by removing the vitreous after cutting it with scissors at the wound and then closing the wound.

Both these complications had no effect on outcome of surgery or during post-operative period.

Both these can be avoided by withdrawing the instruments from the soft eye only and plugging one sclerotomy before making the other.

(c) Dialysis noted in two cases caused reti­nal detachments. They were due to posteriorly placed sclerotomies. Probably transillumina­tion was not performed in these cases.

2. Miosis

This was seen in three cases. Two were of vitrectomy for vitreous haemorrhage and managed by injecting 1:10,000 Adrenaline into anterior chamber with 30 gauge needle through limbus. In a case of lensectomy for congenital cataract, sphincteromy was done to overcome miosis.

II. Complications of anterior segment surgery

1. Dropping of lens matter [Figure - 14][Figure - 15]

This occurred in 22 cases of which 19 were of lensectomies and 3 were for after cataracts. Of the 19, one was for lensectomy combined with vitrectomy for vitreous haemorrhage. Soft lens matter was dropped in 20 cases while hard was dropped in 2 cases. Both these had hardness of Grade IV on scale as 4 as evalua­ted with slit lamp pre- operatively. In 20 soft lens matter dropping, accidental rupture of posterior capsule or pre-existing rupture as in traumatic cataract or after cataract was res­ponsible.

To have an idea on consequences of lens dropping on post-operative complications and visual recovery, causes of poor recovery in these cases are analysed. [Table - 6]

They can be responsible for iridocyclitis and glaucoma (phacolytic). This seems to be quantitative response as in a case of hypo­pyon iridocyclitis removal of lens matter by second surgery resulted in a control of irido­cyclitis. From this it seems, dropping of soft lens matter is of least significance as it causes few complications and even then of least severity and gets absorbed with passage of time.

2. Iris complications.

This was seen in 9 cases as accidental sphincterotomy and accidental iridectomy in cases of lensectomies. These were because of (i) Presence of posterior synechiae in cases of complicated cataract lead to inadvertent sphincterotomy. (ii) Small size of eye ball and inadequate miosis making manoeuvre difficult in congenital cataracts. (iii) Excessive suction and rapid speed of surgery. (iv)Miosis occurring surgery.

3. Bleeding from cut end of iris.

This was seen in a case of complicated cataract and membranectomy probably because of inability of iris tissue to retract.

This stopped by itself and was of no signi ficance.

4. Metallic shavings.

These were seen in 3 cases. 2 were of lensectomies for hard cataracts and one of thick membronectomies. This reflects the strain on instrument because of hardness of lens/membrane.

III. Complications of posterior segment surgery

1. Lens injury.

This occurred in 2 cases. In one it was of vitrectomy for vitreous haemorrhage and with other it was vitrectomy with sclera buckling. In the first, lensectomy was done at the same sitting. In the other, lens became cataractous and mature cataract was removed four months later.

2. Intraocular haemorrhage.

This was seen in 5 cases from different sites and managed differently as shown in [Table

3]. Accidental retinal breaks.

This was noted in only one case and cryo application was done.

It also happened in 5 other cases but were not detected on table.

B. Post operative complications [Table - 7]

1. Corneal complications

They are summarized in the table. They were seen mainly in cases where anterior segment surgery was performed and capsule was absent. Epithelial oedema seen was secondary to increased intraocular tension and disappeared on control of tension. Endothelial decompensation was seen in 5 cases. of these two were transient and disapp­eared with routine therapy. In two cases of lensectomies and in one case of lcnsectomy it became permanent. All these cases had infusion through limbus and prolonged surgery as a common finding suggestive of damage done by infusion of saline through anterior approach for a prolonged time.

Other corneal complications were self-limi­ting and insignificant.

2. Hyphaema.

This was seen in 7 cases. Of this, one of lens extraction and vitrectomy and 3 of vitreous haemerrhage were associated with development of rubeosis. In all the 7 cases

it disappeared with rest and passage of time.

3. Rubeosis.

This developed in 4 cases and all were diabetics.

4. Glaucoma.

This was seen in 18 patients in all. Details are given in the table. Neovascular glaucoma was seen with rubeosis iridis. All cases except neovascular and absolute responded well to specific therapy

5. Iridocyclits.

lridocyclitis was seen mainly in anterior segment surgery and was usually associated with lens dropping. This was less than expected because of a large number of complicated cataracts. Reason might be less trauma, complete removal of lens matter, anterior vitrectomy performed alongwith and surgery done during quiescent stage of disease. No cause could be found for the iridocyclitis in cases of vitrectomy for vitreous haemorrhage.

6. Mature cataract.

This was seen in 4 cases and were removed intracapsularly later on. They are thought to be because of:

(i) Progression of pre-existing disease.

(ii) Accidental touching of lens

(iii) Prolonged surgery with infusion of saline.

(iv) Diabetes.

7. Recurrence of vitreous haemorrhage.

Minimal haemorrhage causing hazy media in immediate post-operative period is a rule. This clears up gradually. In 10 cases of vitrectomy and 4 cases of lens extraction with vitrectomy it appeared in late post­operative period. In all but 2 cases of vitre­ou, haemorrhage it cleared with rest and passage of time. Of the two, in one case vitreous lavage was done to clear it while in one case of absolute glaucoma no attempt was made. It was noted that rate of clearance of vitreous haemorrhage with rest is faster in aphakic eyes compared to phakic eyes.

8. Wound complications.

These were not significant and were seen in two cases. In one it was in the form of fibrovascular in growth and in another it was in the form of cyst at wound site with dragged membrane at the site. This happens because of sudden withdrawal of instrument from the eye with normal or high intra­ocular pressure, which can be avoided by gradual withdrawal from a soft eye.

9. Retinal detachment.

This occurred in 13 eyes. Of these 10 occurred following vitrectomy for vitreous haemorrhage. Of these, 3 were traction retinal detachment because of progress of disease process, Eales' in two and diabetic retinopathy in one. Of the remaining 10, 4 were because of dialysis, 2 in membranectomy and 2 in vitrectomy group. The remaining were rhegma­togenous because of break.

  Observations Top

1. Visual recovery [Table - 8]

Visual recovery is shown in the table in a typical way so that any improvement or deterioration from a pre-operative level can be judged very easily. In lensectomy group in majority it was light perception and pro­jection ++++ but in young children it was not possible to determine precisely and so only postoperative results as available are given. In all but 4 patients it remained stationary or improved. It was because of­:

(i) Corneal decompensation following membranectomy.

(ii) Neovascular glaucoma following lens extraction with vitrectomy for vireous haemo­rrhage.

(iii) Absolute glaucoma following vitre­ctomy for vitreous haemorrhage.

(iv) Traction retinal detachment following vitrectomy for vitreous haemorrhage.

To see whether long-standing vitreous haemorrhage has any deleterious effect on function or not, long-standing cases of vitr­eous haemorrhage are analyzed separately [Table - 9]. It shows that vitreous haemorr­hage of long duration has no ill effects no function of retina in praticular and eye ball in general.

II. Causes of poor visual recovery [Table - 10]

Operative complications were responsible only in 7 cases. Of these, 3 had corneal decompensation and one had severe iridocy­clitis. In the remaining cases it was not related to surgery.

III. Outcome of surgery in cases associated with scleral buckling [Table - 11]

In remaining cases,visual recovery and causes of poor recovery gives a good idea about the status of surgery qualitatively and quantitati­vely. But in combined procedure it becomes difficult to evaluate each individually from this only. In all these cases membranectomiesl lensectomies with scleral buckling both tech­niques were perfect and 100°success rate was obtatined. This has an advantage of performing one stage surgery instead of the conventional two stage surgery. This is not so in cases of vitrectomy and scleral buckling Results with causes of failure are given in [Table - 11].

Follow-up surgical procedures after vitre­ctomy for vitreous haemorrhage [Table - 12]

These were undertaken to improve visual acuity, to prevent further damage, to reli­eve symptoms or to find out pathology and its status, as shown in [Table - 12]. Ability to perform fluorescein angiography, cryo prphylaxis, laser photocoagulation and scleral buckling procedure speaks of clarity of media and extent of clear media.[24]

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