Air bubble stops bleeding, avoids pressure spikes during phaco in glaucoma patients

MILAN — Injecting an air bubble into the anterior chamber may help stop hyphema while also avoiding pressure spikes during cataract surgery in patients with glaucoma, according to a surgeon here.“Studies have shown that intraoperative IOP rises above 30 mm Hg in 10% of uncomplicated phaco cases. In glaucoma patients, the high pressure tends to persist into the following week,” Steven Dewey, MD, said at the annual joint meeting of Ocular Surgery News and the Italian Society of Ophthalmology.