Articles: PDF OnlyThe role of 1% sodium hyaluronate in treating vitreous incarceration with the neodymium:YAG laser in patients with corneal decompensationAlpar, John J. M.D.aAuthor Information Amarillo, Texas aReprint requests to John J. Alpar, M.D., St. Luke Eye Institute, 5311 West 9th Avenue, Amarillo, Texas 79106. Presented in part at the American-International IOL Congress, Boston, April 1985. Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery: September 1986 - Volume 12 - Issue 5 - p 502-506 doi: 10.1016/S0886-3350(86)80124-9 Buy Metrics Abstract Thirty-three patients who had corneal damage from the original corneal surgery and incomplete vitrectomy and who had a vitreous incarceration were divided into two groups. In one group, Nd:YAG laser therapy was performed without using a viscoelastic material in the anterior chamber. In the other group, the anterior chamber was filled with 1% sodium hyaluronate (Healon®). Postoperative corneal complications were reduced in the group whose anterior chamber had been cushioned. Preoperatively present uveitis cleared upon severing the vitreous incarceration and cystoid macular edema improved in all cases except two in which the cornea decompensated six weeks and six months after the YAG intervention. © Williams & Wilkins 1986. All Rights Reserved.