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    Experience with a preassembled silicone I/A tip during cataract surgery

    Using a silicone I/A tip system may help to reduce capsular complications


    A tissue-friendly I/A tip

    There is a silicone I/A system (MST Allegro, MicroSurgical Technology, Inc, Redmond, WA, USA) that combines silicone encapsulated tips in conjunction with the Allegro hand piece. The hand piece is designed to be reused (following cleaning and sterilisation), but the tips are for single use only and are disposed of following surgery.

    The Allegro tips are completely covered with silicone, leaving no sharp edges and providing safer irrigation and aspiration. Specifically, the silicone sleeve minimises the risk of injury to the capsule, which can sometimes occur with metal-tipped I/A instruments.

    The aspiration and irrigation ports are also smooth/polished for enhanced capsule protection. The tip comes preassembled, thus eliminating the need to install a sleeve. 

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