Pneumatic Forceps for the Removal of Epiretinal Membranes
During the removal of epiretinal membranes, it is frequently easier, after elevating the edge of the membrane with a hooked needle, to use forceps for the complete removal of the membrane. The ordinary forceps used in this operation are not very effective because the membranes break easily and because they easily slip from the grasp of ordinary forceps. Moreover, for a safe removal, and in order to avoid lesions in the retina, it is necessary to alternately grasp and release the membrane and to apply the forceps constantly very near the point at which the membrane is attached to the retina. When the membrane is partially detached, the free portion frequently moves so as to cover the point at which the membrane should be correctly grasped for its safe removal.