Extraction of intraocular foreign bodies by pars plana vitrectomy. A retrospective study

Ophthalmologica. 1991;202(4):173-9. doi: 10.1159/000310189.


We reviewed the medical records of 44 patients who underwent a pars plana vitrectomy to remove posttraumatic intraocular foreign bodies. The group most affected was that of males with a mean age of 28 years, who sustained a job injury, presenting with a single corneal laceration less than 2 mm in extension. There were 31 (70.45%) metallic foreign bodies. At surgery, 27 (61.36%) of the 44 foreign bodies were removed with forceps and 17 (38.63%) with the rare-earth magnet. From these patients, 84.61% obtained a final visual acuity equal or better than that on admission. We did not find a statistically significant difference between the groups with different timing on their vitrectomy, nor between groups presenting with and without vitreous hemorrhage.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Eye Foreign Bodies / surgery*
  • Eye Injuries, Penetrating / surgery*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnetics
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Complications / etiology
  • Surgical Instruments*
  • Visual Acuity
  • Vitrectomy / instrumentation*
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage / surgery