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AS Noffke, R Sarrafizadeh, GA Williams, RR Margherio, BR Garretson, A Capone Jr, AJ Ruby, TS Hassan, MT Trese; Macular Hole Surgery With or Without Internal Limiting Membrane (ILM) Stripping: A Comparison of Visual Results, Hole Closure, and Hole Re-opening . Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2002;43(13):2476.
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Purpose: To compare visual and surgical results in macular hole (MH) surgery performed with or without ILM stripping. Methods: Records of 501 eyes that had MH surgery with a mean follow-up of 40 months (range 6-101) were reviewed. Results: 275 eyes (55%) had ILM stripping. Mean final visual acuity was 20/60 with ILM stripping and 20/68 without (p=0.08). MH closure rate was 91% with ILM stripping and 88% without (p=0.38). The rate of MH re-opening was 8% in eyes with ILM stripping and 12% in eyes without (p=0.17). Conclusion: Visual and surgical results appear to be similar in eyes that have had MH surgery with or without ILM stripping.
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