Florian Balta (Bucharest, Romania)

Advantages:

Reduction of the surgically induced trauma to the ocular tissue and reduction of the operative time.

Methods:

Removal of the membranes in proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) using 25 Gauge instruments: the vitreous cutter is used at 5000 cuts / min (Constellation Alcon) either alone or combined with an intraocular forceps in a bimanual technique under visualization with the OFFISS Topcon System.

Effectiveness / Safety:

At the present time, all the PDR cases are operated with 25 Gauge instruments, and we appreciate that we obtain an important improvement in effectiveness and safety.

Take home message:

With the current 25 Gauge techniques, all the PDR cases can be operated. The results are better, and the patient comfort is greatly improved.