Florian Balta (Bucharest, Romania)


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


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.