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Diluting 2.5% Viscoadaptive Sodium Hyaluronate to Prevent…

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Diluting 2.5% Viscoadaptive Sodium Hyaluronate to Prevent…


The most common complication with intraoperative viscoelastic use is an immediate elevation of intraocular pressure, particularly if the viscoelastic agent remains in the eye, which can cause serious effects. Complications may include severe ocular pain, corneal epithelial edema, and increased risk of anterior ischemic optic neuropathy and retinal artery occlusion. This study aims to find an efficient and safe adjunctive method to decrease the incidence of postoperative intraocular pressure rise. When cohesive viscoelastic agents were unavailable due to the pandemic, we diluted Microvisc 2.5% sodium hyaluronate ophthalmic viscosurgical device by 50% prior to intraocular lens implantation. Twelve eyes are included in this study, which are divided into two groups. The study followed a double-blinded methodology in which the physician and the patient were unaware of what group they were in. The first group (seven patients, seven eyes) was treated using the diluted Microvisc 2.5%, and the second group (five patients, five eyes) was controlled with the undiluted Microvisc 2.5%. The primary variable was intraocular pressure, measured at four different timeline points (baseline, day 1, week 1, and month 1). We found that the technique used had easier irrigation and aspiration with minimal viscoelastic agent left in the bag, leading to a lower postoperative intraocular pressure spike. Analysis was conducted using the Wilcoxon signed rank test, and significance was noted between the two groups on postoperative day 1 (p=0.042). The analysis also included the populations’ comorbidities (hypertension and diabetes) and postoperative outcomes (pain, corneal edema, and visual acuity).

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