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World J Ophthalmol. Aug 12, 2014; 4(3): 52-55
Published online Aug 12, 2014. doi: 10.5318/wjo.v4.i3.52
Endoscope-assisted vitrectomy
Mihori Kita
Mihori Kita, Department of Ophthalmology, National Hospital Organization, Kyoto Medical Center, Fukakusa, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto 6128555, Japan
Author contributions: Kita M designed and wrote “Endoscope-assisted vitrectomy”.
Correspondence to: Mihori Kita, MD, PhD, Department of Ophthalmology, National Hospital Organization, Kyoto Medical Center, 1-1 Mukouhata-cho, Fukakusa, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto 6128555, Japan. mihorik@kuhp.kyoto-u.ac.jp
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Received: April 10, 2014
Revised: May 16, 2014
Accepted: June 10, 2014
Published online: August 12, 2014
Core Tip

Core tip: Ocular endoscopes enable ophthalmologists to observe inside the eye and perform surgical procedures independent of the status of the cornea, pupil size and media. Moreover, endoscopes enable the management of peripheral lesions without scleral indentation. The enlarged view under the endoscope, as obtained by drawing towards the lesion, appears to be another advantage. Having endoscopy skills appears to be an advantage for ophthalmologists; however, because endoscopies require a learning curve, becoming familiar with the handling of the endoscope is necessary.