Korean J Ophthalmol.  1996 Dec;10(2):124-126. 10.3341/kjo.1996.10.2.124.

Surgical management for persistent pupillary membrane with vitreous scissors

  • 1Department of Ophthalmology, College of Medicine, Ehwa Womans University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Ophthalmology, College of Medicine, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.


Persistent pupillary membranes are common congenital disorders. To reduce the surgical complications, we used vitreous scissors instead of conventionally used Vannas scissors to remove the membrane and reviewed the surgical results. Five eyes of 4 children with persistent pupillary membrane were treated by surgery. Through the 1.5 mm limbal incision, the membrane was removed by using vitreous scissors after intracameral sodium hyaluronate. After 22.6 months follow-up, all pupils of operated eyes were round and no complications associated with the surgery were found. Three eyes showed improved visual acuities after the operation. We suggest that the surgery with vitreous scissors is better than with Vannas scissors.


persistent pupillary membrane; hyaluronate; vitreous scissors
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