Complications of Vitreous Surgery

  • Ronald G. Michels
Conference paper
Part of the FIDIA Research Series book series (FIDIA, volume 2)


Various complications are associated with vitreous surgery, ranging from mild nonprogressive abnormalities that do not affect the vision to severe complications resulting in blindness, discomfort and/or a cosmetically unacceptable appearance. Intraoperative complications are usually caused by mechanical or toxic damage to intraocular tissues. Postopertive complications result from: 1) late effects from intraoperative damage, 2) progressive changes due to structural alterations caused by the operation, and 3) changes in the balance of biologically active substances that, in turn, cause abnormalities such as iris neovascularization. Any ocular tissue can be involved by these complications, either separately or in combination with others. The type, incidence and severity of complications depend on several factors, including: 1) the clinical condition for which the operation was performed, 2) whether or not the objectives of the operation were achieved, and 3) whether iatrogenic damage occurred. The overall incidence and severity of complications have been reduced by improved instrumentation and surgical techniques and by better understanding of the factors causing complications.


Epithelial Defect Neovascular Glaucoma Vitreous Surgery Iris Neovascularization Posterior Lens Capsule 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald G. Michels
    • 1
  1. 1.The Vitreoretinal Service, Wilmer Ophthalmological InstituteJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA

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