The aim of the study was to compare retroorbital blood flow hemodynamics between subconjunctival and sub-Tenon’s anesthesia. This was a prospective, blinded study and included 80 cases. Patients were monitored and treated in the First Ophthalmology Clinic, Ataturk Training and Research Hospital, Turkey. Sub-Tenon’s anesthesia was performed in 42 cases, and subconjunctival anesthesia was performed in 38 cases. Color Doppler imaging to measure ocular blood flow parameters was performed preoperatively and 21 days after cataract operation in each case. Preoperative and postoperative values of resistivity and pulsatility indices in the ophthalmic, central retinal, and short posterior ciliary arteries were compared. Postoperative mean blood flow velocity measurements of ophthalmic artery were not statistically different between the subconjunctival anesthesia group and the sub-Tenon’s anesthesia group (49.63 ± 14.00 vs. 45.85 ± 13.41; P=0.389). Postoperative RI values were higher in the Subtenon’s anesthesia group than in the subconjunctival anesthesia group, but the difference between two groups was not statistically significant (0.81 ± 0.14 vs. 0.74 ± 0.08; P=0.079). The postoperative pulsatility index of the ophthalmic artery, RI of ophthalmic artery, pulsatility index of the central retinal artery, RI of the central retinal artery, and pulsatility index of the posterior ciliary arteries were not significantly different between the subconjunctival and sub-Tenon’s anesthesia groups. In conclusion, the study suggests that postoperative retroorbital blood flow hemodynamics are the same following sub-Tenon’s and subconjunctival anesthesia.
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