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Retinal detachment viewed from the slitlamp (Video)

length: 1:01 minutes

This video shows a retinal detachment of the eye as viewed from the slit-lamp microscope. In this case, you see a large bullous rhegmatogenous detachment with a retinal tear/hole at the 1 o’clock position (the image is reversed).

Unless you are experienced with the retinal exam, this movie may be hard to interpret … retina exam is difficult, and it is even MORE challenging to capture on video. To help you understand this case, I speak through the entire video and label each of the structures.

The first third of the movie shows the bullous detachment. The second portion shows the retinal hole, both with a rodenstock contact lens and via a three-mirror lens. The final segment shows the ultrasound for this eye, which looks striking, as you can see how the retina is attached only at the optic nerve and ora serrata. You can also appreciate the retinal spike on the a-scan component of the ultrasound video.

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nice video . .

Comment by ingrid — July 22, 2008

please i would like other related videos to help me in my studies. I am an optometry student studying at KNUST. KUMASI. GHANA

Comment by KWADWO AKUFFO — February 9, 2009

Thank you very much. Helped me appreciate the liquefaction of the vitreous and get a clearer mental picture of it. Great video!

Comment by Fatima — May 6, 2009

really a very nice vidio it helped me alot

Comment by prachi — August 27, 2009

Brilliant video, thanks for sharing

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Comment by liuyinping — September 20, 2011

It’s amazing and help me a lot,thanks for your sharing

Comment by Jean — April 7, 2012

great– thank u

Comment by Ali Kareem — May 3, 2012

Thank you so much for the awesome video! You must spend a lot of time making this video, and it is very worthy because you do teach Med students a lot!

Comment by Zoe — December 30, 2016

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