Relaxing retinotomies. Analysis of anatomic and visual results

Lawrence S Morse, B. W. McCuen, R. Machemer

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The authors analyzed 100 consecutive eyes undergoing relaxing retinotomies to determine the anatomic and visual results associated with the use of this procedure. With a minimum follow-up of 6 months, 58 eyes were completely attached, 8 were partially attached (macula on), and 34 were detached. Thirty-four percent of all eyes and 50% of attached eyes obtained a visual acuity of 5/200 or greater at 6 months. At last examination, 29% of all eyes and 43% of attached eyes had a visual acuity of at least 5/200. Eyes that had circumferential relaxing retinotomies involving the entire temporal quadrant generally had lower visual acuities when compared with eyes that had relaxing retinotomies sparing the entire temporal quadrant. The use of a radial relaxing retinotomy also was associated with lower final visual acuity. The length of the relaxing retinotomy or the placement of the relaxing retinotomy either anterior or posterior to the encircling scleral buckle did not appear to influence the anatomic or visual results. Hypotony (intraocular pressure < 5 mmHg) was seen in 43% of reattached eyes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)642-648
Number of pages7
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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