Vitreo retinal Unit

Barcelona, Spain

Vitreo retinal Unit

Barcelona, Spain
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Nadal J.,Macula Unit | Delas B.,Vitreo retinal Unit | Pinero A.,Vitreo retinal Unit
Retina | Year: 2012

PURPOSE: To report the results of vitrectomy with internal limiting membrane peeling and C3F8 tamponade for macular hole without postoperative face-down posturing in 208 eyes. METHODS: The study included 208 eyes on an uncontrolled retrospective review, undergoing pars plana vitrectomy with trypan blue-assisted internal limiting membrane peeling and C3F8 tamponade, without subsequent face-down posturing. All patients were followed-up at 1 day, 1 week, 3 months, and 12 months postoperatively. Biomicroscopy and optical coherence tomography were used to assess macular hole closure at 1 day, 1 week, 3 months, and 12 months postoperatively. Pre-and postoperative visual acuity by Snellen chart was compared. RESULTS: In 208 eyes with idiopathic macular hole, preoperative mean visual acuity was 20/200 and final visual acuity was 20/40 (P = 0.00017). Anatomic macular hole closure rate was 81.3%. CONCLUSION: In agreement with published studies, combined phacovitrectomy without face-down posturing after macular hole surgery seems effective and safe, showing anatomical improvement and favorable best-corrected visual acuity. Isolating the macula from vitreous fluid with a large long-lasting gas-fill may render postoperative posturing unnecessary. Eliminating face-down posturing may increase patient acceptance and compliance. Copyright © by Ophthalmic Communications Society, Inc.

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