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Safety Alert: Retinal vein occlusions post COVID vaccination

The College supports the delivery of safe and good quality ophthalmic services. The RCOphth responds to changing aspects of eye care delivery by developing ophthalmic safety alerts. These alerts are designed to inform members to improve the quality and safety of services they provide and are based upon: changes to drug safety updated licencing of

Safety Alert – Allergan’s Xen 45 glaucoma surgical drainage device

Allergan has contacted the RCOphth to provide a follow up regarding the hold on XEN 45.  Allergan has reached out to regulatory agencies, and is working to initiate a voluntary recall of affected lots of XEN 45. During an inspection process a small number of units in an unreleased XEN 45 lot were observed to have trace

Safety Alert – particulate matter discovered in syringes for intravitreal injections

The College has been approached by a unit concerned about particulate matter discovered in syringes for intravitreal injections. The literature reports that silicone oil droplets have been implicated in the past but this set of cases appears to be linked to particles of syringe plastic material. There are also concerns of a small number of

Safety Alert – Zeiss Lucia 611P intraocular lens

The College has been made aware of two ophthalmic units with a run of a small number of cases of fibrin membrane deposition in association with the Zeiss Lucia 611P intraocular lens. In these cases, the patients presented from a few days up to 6 weeks postoperatively, with a painless white eye, very mild or

Ophthalmic Safety Alert – Do not use nitrous oxide when there is gas in an operated eye

Intraocular air or gas is often used as a tamponade agent at the end of vitrectomy surgery to secure the retina. The two most common indications are retinal detachment and macular hole surgery. Intraocular gas is also being used increasingly in endothelial keratoplasties (lamellar corneal grafts) initially during the primary procedure or for “rebubbling” dislocated