Purpose:

To determine the surgical management of a dropped nucleus in non-VR trained ophthalmic surgeons.

Method:

A European-wide survey of 123 non-VR trained ophthalmic surgeons was conducted from 1st March to 31st March 2012. Questions regarding the surgical management of a dropped nucleus were posed.

Results:

31.7% of surgeons believe vitrectomy surgery should be performed within a week of nucleus drop, 30.9% on the same day, and 27.6% within two days, for the removal of retained lens matter.

Conclusion:

There is no agreed opinion among ophthalmic surgeons as to how soon vitrectomy surgery should be performed following nucleus drop. Furthermore, there is not one consistent surgical technique used in handling such cases. There is, however, a need for standardized guidelines in order to ensure the safe and effective surgical management of a dropped nucleus.