Since its inception, RETINA, the Journal of Retinal and Vitreous Diseases, has had as a primary objective the dissemination and exchange of information to its readership. The sharing of ideas is critically important to the evolution of our field with the ultimate goal of optimal patient care. Sharing surgical techniques is always challenging. Fortunately, the ability to publish video has greatly enhanced our ability to convey the subtleties and nuances of surgical innovation.
The journal RETINA has received so many insightful and innovative ideas on surgical techniques that we have put them together in this special supplement to the journal RETINA. Each of these articles has undergone rigorous peer review. While the journal does not necessarily advocate the use of or endorse these techniques, we do believe that sharing these techniques with our readership enables each and every surgeon the opportunity to advance his or her surgical armamentarium to provide the best surgical results for their patients. Obviously, it is the surgeon's responsibility to choose which surgical technique he or she wishes to embrace and to develop the skill set necessary to carry out the procedure. The choice of patients is critically important to determine which procedure is best for each patient who entrusts us with their care.
To help in the process, we have adopted a technique to help share these surgical techniques with our readership. On each and every one of the papers presented in this supplement, there is a QR code listed on the first page. By activating this QR code, our readership will be able to read the article at their leisure at the same time as they watch the video of the surgical procedure being presented. While these QR codes have been around for many years, we are now applying them to this learning process so as to improve the ability of our readership to learn techniques without necessarily going online.
It will be very clear from the procedures described in this supplement that the management of dislocated lens material continues to be a major challenge to vitreoretinal surgeons. There is no one perfect procedure for any of these very difficult cases. We believe, however, that the techniques provided will be helpful to the surgeon in managing these cases. Similarly, the management of selected macular holes has proven to be a challenge since the closure of macula holes was first described by Kelley and Wendel.1 Once again, we hope that this supplement provides additional options to the vitreoretinal surgeon attempting to help patients improve their vision through the closure of otherwise recalcitrant macular holes. Other vitrectomy techniques will hopefully prove to be useful to our readership in the management of otherwise difficult surgical dilemmas.
The importance of this supplement has been recognized by one of the leaders of surgical instrumentation in our subspecialty. We are grateful to Alcon Surgical for supporting this endeavor. We would like to pay special thanks to Paul Halen and Mike Lee for recognizing the importance of this surgical supplement.
In closing, we would like to acknowledge that many surgeons have arrived at similar techniques over periods of time. We also wish to acknowledge that many of these techniques have been presented at retina meetings. While some of these techniques may be familiar to some of you, other techniques will be original. Regardless of whether you have seen the technique or not, we hope you will enjoy this special supplement to the journal RETINA, the Journal of Retinal and Vitreous Diseases.
Finally, we would like to thank the contributors whose papers have been selected for this supplement and the many reviewers who have worked tirelessly in the review and editing of these manuscripts. While we have not been able to accept and publish all of the wonderful technique manuscripts that have been submitted to this journal, we believe that this collection is unique and hope you will appreciate the effort expended by the authors, reviewers, publisher, and sponsor who bring you this very special supplement.
1. Kelly NE, Wendel RT. Vitreous surgery for idiopathic macular holes. Results of a pilot study. Arch Ophthalmol 1991;109:654–659.