Date: Thu 01/08/2019 - Sat 31/10/2020
Optometrist Credits: 0.50 General Credits and 0.50 Clinical Diagnostic Credits
Event Type(s): Online
Number: +61 2 8336 8616
Expanded indications for vitreoretinal surgery, along with advances in vitrectomy technology and robotic surgery, are all improving recovery times and outcomes for patients.
Advances in technology have improved the safety, efficiency and outcomes of retinal surgery. Vitrectomy machines and cutters allow more efficient and safe removal of vitreous and membranes, with ultra-high cutting rates and improved flow. A wide suite of ergonomic disposable microsurgical instruments and lasers is now available for surgeons to perform delicate surgical manoeuvres. Dyes identify tissue for accurate removal. Improved visualisation during surgery, with digital 3D technology and data connectivity, is leading to better surgical control. Intraoperative optical coherence tomography (OCT) can permit high resolution cross-sectional imaging of delicate membranes and structures during surgery. Newer vitreous substitutes are used in the repair of conditions such as retinal detachment, trauma and bleeding. Advances in the surgical setting, anaesthesia and postoperative care of patients have resulted in more rapid healing and visual rehabilitation.