Visualization of the retina and vitreous during vitreoretinal surgery: new technologies

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Abstract

Purpose of review

Visualization remains a critical factor in successful ocular surgery.

Purpose of review

Here we review new technology that has the potential to allow for safer and more efficient retinal surgery.

Recent findings

Vitreoretinal surgery poses unique visualization challenges such as the need for specialized optical systems and the delicate and microscopic features of retinal structures. Better retinal visualization allows for new approaches to increasingly complex retinal cases. Wide-angle viewing has allowed stereopic visualization of the peripheral retina. Improved lighting systems have shown better safety profiles and can facilitate bimanual techniques. The potential to improve surgical decision making has been shown with intraoperative imaging such as optical coherence tomography.

Summary

Although some of the benefits of these developments have yet to be proven, improved technology for visualization during retinal surgery will hopefully allow for safer and more efficient surgeries.

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