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Results of viscobubble deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty after failure of pneumatic dissection
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    • Vincenzo Scorcia, Associate Professor Department of Ophthalmology, University of “Magna Graecia”, Catanzaro, Italy
    • Other Contributors:
      • Valentina De Luca, Ophthalmologist
      • Andrea Lucisano, Ophthalmologist
      • Adriano Carnevali, Ophthalmologist
      • Giovanna Carnovale Scalzo, Ophthalmologist
      • Cristina Bovone, Ophthalmologist
      • Massimo Busin, Full Professor

    We thank Dr. Sarnicola and family for their interest in our work and at the same time we apologize for not mentioning their preliminary results published in 2010; in this regard, some issues need be clarified.
    We used an acronym to shorten the text and facilitate the readers of our article by eliminating this way long descriptive wording of the procedure. This did not imply by any means an attempt at modifying the terminology of surgical techniques, which is usually a task of the ophthalmological community. In fact, a particular acronym becomes a standard only when it is cited as such by numerous papers in the literature. This is not seeming the case, for the acronym “AVB”, that has never been used after its initial introduction by Sarnicola et al., thus failing to achieve the purpose aimed at.
    In addition, we had a reason to introduce a new acronym because of a substantial difference in the surgical technique: in fact, instead of creating a new corneal tunnel into the emphysematous tissue, we inject ophthalmic viscoelastic device (OVD) in the same track created for pneumatic dissection, thus increasing surgical reproducibility and safety.
    The lack of previous data we indicated (“…little data are available on the success rate…type of cleavage obtained, visual results and complications of this approach”) was simply related to the new concept of performing the injection of the OVD in the same corneal path where the air had failed.
    In our series visual...

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    Conflict of Interest:
    None declared.
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    Tuning Of The Literature Related To The Airviscobubble (AVB) DALK Technique
    • Vincenzo Sarnicola, Ophthalmologist Clinica degli Occhi Sarnicola, Grosseto, Italy
    • Other Contributors:
      • Enrica Sarnicola, Ophthalmologist
      • Caterina Sarnicola, Resident in Ophthalmology

    Tuning Of The Literature Related To The Airviscobubble (AVB) DALK Technique
    Corresponding author:
    Vincenzo Sarnicola
    Address: Clinica degli Occhi Sarnicola,
    Via Mazzini no. 62, Grosseto 58100, Italy.
    Fax: +39-0564-413023
    Tel: +39-3201158500
    e-mail address: v.sarnicola@hotmail.it or sarnicolavincenzo@gmail.com

    Authors:
    Vincenzo Sarnicola, MD1
    v.sarnicola@hotmail.it

    Enrica Sarnicola, MD1-3
    e.sarnicola@hotmail.it

    Caterina Sarnicola, MD 4
    c.sarnicola@hotmail.it

    Affiliation:
    1 Clinica degli Occhi Sarnicola, Grosseto, Italy
    2 Ospedale Oftalmico di Torino, Struttura Complessa Oculistica 2, Turin, Italy
    3 Ospedale San Giovanni Bosco, Struttura Complessa Oculistica 2, Turin, Italy
    4 Department of Biomedical and Specialty Surgical Sciences, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy;

    Competing interests: None.

    Keywords: DALK; airviscobubble; AVB; dDALK; descemetic DALK.

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    To the Editor:

    We read with interest the article published by Scorcia et al.[1] It is encouraging to see others, such as Scorcia et al, embracing the use of ophthalmic viscoelastic device (OVD) injection as a second bubble a...

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