Purpose:

To evaluate the efficacy of our technique in achieving safe and atraumatic removal of posterior segment magnetic intraocular foreign bodies.

Methods:

A prospective study carried out at the ophthalmology department, Zagazig university hospitals, Zagazig, Egypt. The study included 45 eyes of 45 patients with posterior segment magnetic intraocular foreign bodies. Eight patients had already undergone primary surgical repair before. Traumatic cataract was treated using conventional surgical techniques. Our technique of IOFB removal involved pars plans vitrectomy, IOFB is then grasped using Basket forceps and while the IOFB is removed through the sclerotomy an external earth magnet is used to prevent its slippage from the forceps and falling down onto the retina or optic disc.

Results:

In the 45 patients, the IOFB did not fall down into the vitrous cavity. In 14 out of the 45 patients the IOFB has slipped from the basket forceps during its removal through the sclerotomy but it was kept at the sclerotomy site by the effect of the magnet. We had to enlarge the sclerotomy in 10 of these patients. The IOFB was then regrasped by the forceps and safely removed.

Conclusion:

Our technique is very effective in achieving safe and atraumatic removal of posterior segment magnetic intraocular foreign bodies.

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