Utilizing gravity in the removal of a large intraocular foreign body

Joseph R. Ferencz*, Orly Harel, Ehud I. Assia

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This article describes an unconventional technique for the removal of a nonmagnetic intraocular foreign body that is too large or too smooth to be grasped by intraocular forceps and does not float on perfluorocarbon liquids. By flipping the patient to a face-down position and allowing the gravitational forces to help remove the object, one can hope to avoid further ocular damage. This approach should be considered in similar cases of very large and smooth intravitreal foreign bodies to avoid severe and irreversible damage to the retina.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)508-509
Number of pages2
JournalOphthalmic Surgery and Lasers
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1997
Externally publishedYes


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