Alcon Retina Film Archive Collection (35 videos)


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When Injecting Air Practice (and Patience) Make Perfect

In a patient with macular degeneration and a large submacular hemorrhage Jay G. Prensky, MD, describes his steps after performing a standard 25-gauge vitrectomy. He injects tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) subretinally through a 41-gauge cannula at 6 mm hg to create a large bleb. He then injects air to further dissect the blood from the retina and to displace the hemorrhage even more. Next, Dr. Prensky performs a fluid-air exchange. A couple of days after the gas bubble receded there was almost complete displacement of the subretinal hemorrhage. Dr. Prensky’s takeaway message? Inject enough volume until you see an adequate bleb to accomplish the goal you desire in each individual patient.

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The Alcon Retina Exchange Film Festival event is an engaging dinner program driven by surgical case videos. At the most recent event in New Orleans during AAO, surgeons from around the world convened to trade pearls and discuss innovative technology with their peers. Alcon invited video submissions from around the globe and the top 10 were chosen to present live during the event.

The stellar faculty, moderated by Donald J. D'Amico, along with 10 guest speaker surgeons, presented video cases and the entire audience was involved in a discussion of pearls and techniques using Alcon’s latest technologies.

We hope you’ll enjoy viewing the program video highlights, along with a short interview with their author.


Donald J.
D'Amico, MD

Professor and Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medical College

New York, NY

Maria Berrocal, MD

Assistant Professor, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

San Juan, PR

Tarek Hassan, MD

Professor of Ophthalmology, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Royal Oak, MI

John W. Kitchens,

Vitreoretinal Surgeon Retina Associates of Kentucky

Lexington, KY

Prenner, MD

Clinical Associate Professor, Rutgers- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

New Brunswick, NJ

Moderator and faculty are paid consultants to Alcon.
Film Festival guest presenters did not recieve any compensation or travel funding for this event.
This program is not affiliated with the AAO annual meeting.
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