To describe the use of a modified illuminated scleral depressor for unassisted peripheral vitrectomy.
Royal Adelaide Hospital, South Australia, Australia
This novel instrument is created using a modified cotton swab attached to a conventional endo-illumination light pipe.
To date, we have used the modified illuminated scleral depressor in more than thirty vitrectomies. We found that our modified device provided adequate transillumination of the peripheral retina that is comparable to other commercially developed products.
The modified cotton swab provides a safe and cost-efficient alternative to commercially available light pipe adapter sleeves.
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