1st Edition

The Pocket Guide to Vitreoretinal Surgery

By Jason Crosson Copyright 2020

    Are you a medical student, resident, or fellow trying to absorb as much information on the basics of retina surgery as efficiently as possible? Are you a general ophthalmologist who needs a quick refresher on a complex procedure? Reach into your lab coat pocket and pull out The Pocket Guide to Vitreoretinal Surgery for easy access to the essential information you need right now.

    Dr. Jason N. Crosson and colleagues have designed this book as the ultimate quick-read manual on retina surgery, using a conversational tone that allows readers to retain information in the most effective manner. Medical students, residents, and fellows will be delighted to use this accessible, high-yield handbook during their rotations to familiarize themselves with the “nuts and bolts” of retina surgery, while general ophthalmologists will be glad to have it as a quick reference guide to current best practices. 

    Each chapter in The Pocket Guide to Vitreoretinal Surgery is arranged in short, easy-to-read sections and accompanied by numerous color photographs to aid in recognition and retention.

    Among the topics covered:
    •    Preoperative preparations
    •    Basics of vitrectomy
    •    Retinal detachment surgery
    •    Macular surgery (Peeling 101)
    •    Diabetic vitrectomy
    •    Vitrectomy for endophthalmitis
    •    Intraocular lens cases
    •    Ocular trauma

    Eye care providers at all skill levels will benefit from the high-yield, quick-access information contained within The Pocket Guide to Vitreoretinal Surgery, whether they are preparing for their first surgeries or longtime physicians. 

    Chapter 1: Setting Up for Vitrectomy: How to Get Started Preoperative Examination and Clearance Positioning the Head Betadine Prep Lash Control Lid Speculum Choice Lubricating the Cornea Microscope Workflow and Vitrectomy Machine Setup The Basics of Putting in Trocars

    Chapter 2: Basic Vitrectomy Techniques: The Basics That Apply to Every Retina Surgery Core Vitrectomy How to Move the Instruments Inside the Eye Elevating the Posterior Hyaloid Shaving the Peripheral Vitreous Performing Fluid-Air Exchange Removing Ports

    Chapter 3: Approach to Retinal Detachment Surgery Primary Vitrectomy Primary Buckles Vit-Buckles Recurrent Retinal Detachments Proliferative Vitreoretinopathy Detachments Giant Retinal Tear Detachments

    Chapter 4: Peeling 101 Viewing Systems Stains When You Are First Starting Different Approaches Macular Holes Macular Puckers Final Peeling Pearls

    Chapter 5: Diabetic Vitrectomy Diabetic Vitreous Hemorrhages Tractional Retinal Detachments

    Chapter 6: Vitrectomy for Endophthalmitis Case Selection Getting a Pure Vitreous Sample Anterior Chamber Washout Basic Vitrectomy for Endophthalmitis

    Chapter 7: Approach to Intraocular Lens Cases Dislocated Intraocular Lenses: Getting the Intraocular Lens Up and Out Removing Dislocated Lens

    Particles Secondary Intraocular Lenses

    Chapter 8: Ocular Trauma Preoperative Evaluation of the Ocular Trauma Patient Basics of Open Globe Repair Intraocular Foreign Bodies


    Jason N. Crosson, MD is a practicing retina surgeon at Retina Consultants of Alabama, P.C. in Birmingham, Alabama. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Dr. Crosson did his ophthalmology residency in the United States Air Force at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium and served as a general ophthalmologist for 3 years in the military. He completed his retina training at Retina Consultants of Alabama, P.C. and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is actively involved in training residents and fellows.