Modified external needle drainage of subretinal fluid in the management of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment using a "guarded needle" approach

Arch Ophthalmol. 2011 Jul;129(7):949-51. doi: 10.1001/archophthalmol.2011.165.


External needle drainage of subretinal fluid is a useful technique to assist with retinal detachment surgery. This technique provides the ability to directly visualize the removal of subretinal fluid in a controlled manner. The major difficulty in learning this technique is the potential for overpenetration with the needle. Using a "guarded needle" approach can reduce this risk and increase the adoption of this useful method.

MeSH terms

  • Drainage / instrumentation
  • Drainage / methods*
  • Humans
  • Learning Curve
  • Needles
  • Retinal Detachment / surgery*
  • Scleral Buckling*
  • Subretinal Fluid*