ORLANDO, Fla. — Membrane peeling was beneficial to patients with epiretinal membrane after retinal detachment surgery, even in those with a macula-off retinal detachment, according to a poster presentation here.
“Subgroup analysis found that although preoperative visual acuity was not different between patients with history of macula-on and macula-off RD, at postoperative month 1, 6 and 12, patients who had macula-on status had better BCVA after [epiretinal membrane] peeling,” Christina Y. Weng, MD, and colleagues said in the study presented at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology meeting.
Fifty-four eyes of 53 patients who had undergone previous primary repair of retinal detachment were identified in a retrospective chart review of 1,480 patients. Fifteen eyes had a history of macula-on RD, 29 eyes had a history of macula-off RD, and 10 eyes had an unknown macular status.
Mean time from RD repair to ERM peeling surgery was 19 months.
Seven patients underwent concurrent cataract extraction with IOL implantation, and six patients underwent aphakic IOL implantation.
Thinner preoperative central foveal thickness correlated with better postoperative BCVA at 6 months and 12 months (P < .05) with overall improvement in mean BCVA and central foveal thickness.
Disclosure: Weng has no relevant financial disclosures.