The Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology

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Issue 2, March/April 2018 Original Study - Clinical

Combined Cataract Extraction With Pars Plana Vitrectomy and Metallic Intraocular Foreign Body Removal Through Sclerocorneal Tunnel Using a Novel “Magnet Handshake” Technique

Dhoble, Pankaja; Khodifad, Ashish

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From the Retina Services, Aravind Eye Hospital, Pondicherry, India.

Reprints: Pankaja Dhoble, MS, Retina Services, Aravind Eye Hospital, Cuddalore Road, Thavalakuppam, Pondicherry, 605007, India. E-mail:


Purpose: To study the outcomes of combined cataract extraction with pars plana vitrectomy (PPV) and metallic intraocular foreign body (IOFB) removal through a sclerocorneal tunnel using the “magnetic handshake” technique.

Design:  A retrospective review.

Methods: Retrospective review of case records of 14 patients from 2010 to 2016 with metallic IOFB and traumatic cataract was performed. Cataract extraction was combined with PPV. Two intraocular magnets (IOMs) introduced through 20-gauge vitrectomy port and sclerocorneal tunnel helped achieve safe delivery of IOFB outside the globe by the “magnetic handshake” technique.

Results: All patients were males with a mean age of 33.04 years. A final best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) of 20/60 or better was noted in 10 (71.42%) of 14 patients. Final reattachment with more than 1 surgery was achieved in 13 (92.85%) patients. Postoperative complications included retinal detachment (RD) and phthisis bulbi in 1 (14.28%) patient each.

Conclusions: Combined cataract extraction with PPV and metallic IOFB removal through sclerocorneal tunnel using the “magnet handshake” technique gives good visual and surgical outcomes.

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