2018-11: The Vitreous Wipe. Clinical evaluation of an investigational medical device.
Rationale: Vitreoschisis causes retinal traction with a high risk of retinal damage. Therefore, it should be completely removed from the retinal surface. Existing equipment for vitreoschisis removal involve a substantial risk of iatrogenic retinal damage. It is conjectured that polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) comprises a safe and efficient alternative tool for removing vitreoschisis.
Objective: To document the use of the Vitreous Wipe and to demonstrate its operational functioning.
Study design: Prospective proof of concept (single-surgeon).
Study population: Patients scheduled to undergo vitrectomy, who consent with the use of the Vitreous Wipe in case vitreoschisis is identified intraoperatively.
Intervention: Removing vitreoschisis with the Vitreous Wipe.
Main study parameters/endpoints: Completeness of vitreoschisis removal, as visualised with triamcinolone, intraoperatively.