Ophthalmic regional anesthesia techniques

Steven Gayer, Chandra M. Kumar

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Abstract

There is substantial national and international variation in the conduct of anesthesia for ophthalmic surgical procedures. Ophthalmic regional anesthetic techniques include traditional needle-based blocks, such as intraconal or extraconal injections; sub-Tenon's blocks which can be accomplished with needles, but are more commonly performed with blunt cannulae; and topical anesthesia. Needle-based techniques are generally safe although rare, serious sight-and life-threatening complications may occur. In recent years, a renewed interest in sub-Tenon's and topical anesthesia has emerged. Currently there is no absolutely safe ophthalmic regional block. It is essential that those who are involved in the care of ophthalmic patients have a thorough knowledge of the approaches employed and their associated risks and benefits. This review article outlines the relevant anatomy, commonly used techniques and their safe performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-33
Number of pages11
JournalMinerva Anestesiologica
Volume74
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

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Keywords

  • Anesthesia
  • Eye
  • Nerve block
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orbit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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Ophthalmic regional anesthesia techniques. / Gayer, Steven; Kumar, Chandra M.

In: Minerva Anestesiologica, Vol. 74, No. 1-2, 01.01.2008, p. 23-33.

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Gayer, S & Kumar, CM 2008, 'Ophthalmic regional anesthesia techniques', Minerva Anestesiologica, vol. 74, no. 1-2, pp. 23-33.
Gayer, Steven ; Kumar, Chandra M. / Ophthalmic regional anesthesia techniques. In: Minerva Anestesiologica. 2008 ; Vol. 74, No. 1-2. pp. 23-33.
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