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21st Annual Meeting of the German Retina Society and 8th Symposium of the International Society of Ocular Trauma (ISOT)

German Retina Society
International Society of Ocular Trauma

19.06. - 22.06.2008, Würzburg

Surgical repair of selected cases of open globe injuries under topical anaesthesia

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  • Rupesh Agrawal - Hyderabad/India

Retinologische Gesellschaft. International Society of Ocular Trauma. 21. Jahrestagung der Retinologischen Gesellschaft gemeinsam mit dem 8. Symposium der International Society of Ocular Trauma. Würzburg, 19.-22.06.2008. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2008. DocISOTRG2008V060

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Published: June 18, 2008

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Purpose: To report the utility of topical anaesthesia for surgical repair of open globe injuries in selected patients.

Patients & Methods: In this non-comparative interventional case series, out of 289 eyes of open globe injuries, sixy three eyes with open globe injury were repaired under topical anaesthesia.

Results: Six patients had mild discomfort during surgery. No patient had surgical or anaesthesia related adverse effects. The pre- and post-operative clinical photographs document the prototype case for which corneal wound repair was done under topical anaesthesia.

Conclusions: Topical anaesthesia is safe and effective and could be reasonable alternative for less severe open globe injuries. However, surgical training & patient preparation are the keys to the safe use of this technique.