Retinal irradiation from an operating microscope during vitrectomy: observation by endoscopy.

Department of Ophthalmology, Kyoto University Faculty of Medicine, Sakyo-ku, Japan.
Ophthalmic surgery and lasers 08/1996; 27(7):636-7.
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Phototoxic retinopathy due to light from the operating microscope has been reported during cataract surgery, as well as during vitreous surgery. A neutral density filter for the coaxial light or coverage of the cornea with various materials has been advocated to prevent retinal complications. However, it is difficult to actually monitor the fundus during surgery with usual methods. The author used an endoscope to demonstrate how intensively the light from the operating microscope is focused on the retinal surface during vitreous surgery.

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    ABSTRACT: This dissertation documents the development of a new illumination technique for use in the studies of retinal oximetry and fundus spectroscopy. Intravitreal illumination is a technique where the back of the eye is illuminated trans-sclerally using a scanning monochromator coupled into a fiber optic illuminator. Retinal oximetry is the process of measuring the oxygen saturation of blood contained in retinal vessels by quantitative measurement of the characteristic color shift seen as blood oxygen saturation changes from oxygenated blood (reddish) to deoxygenated blood (bluish). Retinal oximetry was first attempted in 1963 but due to a variety of problems with accuracy and difficulty of measurement, has not matured to the point of clinical acceptability or commercial viability. Accurate retinal oximetry relies in part on an adequate understanding of the spectral reflectance characteristics of the fundus. The use of intravitreal illumination allows new investigations into the spectral reflectance properties of the fundus. The results of much research in fundus reflectance and retinal oximetry is detailed in this document, providing new insight into both of these related fields of study. Intravitreal illumination has been used to study retinal vessel oximetry and fundus reflectometry resulting in several important findings that are presented in this document. Studies on enucleated swine eyes have provided new insight into the bidirectional reflectance distribution function of the fundus. Research on live swine has shown accurate measurement of retinal vessel oxygen saturation and provided the first in vivo spectral transmittance measurement of the sensory retina. A secondary discovery during this research suggests that vitrectomy alters the retinal vasculature, an finding that should spawn new research in its own right.
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