The optics of vitreous surgery

Maurice B. Landers*, Einar Stefánsson, Myron L. Wolbarsht

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We calculated the refractive power of the human eye in the various optical configurations that may occur during vitreous surgery. We found that a biconcave corneal contact lens with an anterior surface refractive power of -63 to -98 diopters allowed the fundus to be seen when the vitreous cavity was filled with air, as did a weak minus lens attached to the bottom of the operating microscope. Our tests showed that the unsymmetrical biconcave lenses were superior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)611-614
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1981


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