September 11, 2013
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Use of air for descemetopexy may yield better results for Descemet’s membrane detachment after cataract surgery

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Descemetopexy in Descemet’s membrane detachment after cataract surgery has better efficacy when using air versus C3F8, according to a study.

“Air descemetopexy is recommended over C3F8 [isoexansile perfluoropropane] because of its equal efficacy and lack of complications,” the study authors said.

The retrospective case series included 60 patients that underwent Descemet’s membrane (DM) detachment after cataract surgery. Reattachment rates and best-corrected visual acuity were measured for descemetopexy performed with air or 14% C3F8. Measurements were studied at 1 month.

Interval visual acuity improved from 1.27±0.8 to 0.42±0.49 (P < .001). Reattachment of the DM occurred in 95% of the patients. Better visual outcomes occurred for patients with air used for the descemetopexy (P = .009) and pupillary block was observed in 7 patients that were treated with C3F8 (11.66%) and was not seen with air (P = .02).

Disclosure: The study authors report no relevant financial disclosures.