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Joo Eun Lee, Seung Youn Jea, Hyun Woong Kim, Kyung-won Seok; Subjective satisfaction scale of the patients after surgery for epiretinal membrane. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2014;55(13):2334.
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To evaluate subjective satisfaction of the patients after surgery for epiretinal membrane (ERM).
Twenty five eyes of 25 patients who received vitrectomy for ERM removal were included in the study. The patients were divided into two groups; Group A with their baseline visual acuity better than 0.22 (LogMAR) and group B equal to or less than 0.22. Best corrected visual acuity, central macular thickness (CMT) by optical coherence tomography, metamorphopsia score by M-chart, and subjective scale regarding postoperative outcomes by questionnaire (scale range; -5 to +5) at postoperative 6 month were evaluated.
Mean visual acuity (LogMAR) has changed from 0.06±0.02 to 0.04±0.02 at 6 month postoperatively in group A (p=0.681), and from 0.50±0.10 to 0.25±0.10 in group B (p=0.005). Mean CMT changed from 404±15(μm) to 354±11 (p=0.001), and from 443±57 to 344±28 (p=0.016), respectively, in group A and B. Subjective scale regarding overall satisfaction about surgical outcome at 6 month was 0.8±0.4 in group A and 0.4±0.8 in group B (p=0.188). Horizontal M-chart score at 6 month was 0.1±0.1 in group A and 0.4±0.2 in group B (p=0.008). Vertical M-chart score was 0.2±0.1, and 0.5±0.1, respectively in group A and B (p=0.041).
ERM patients with better visual acuity at baseline seem to be more satisfied with the surgical outcomes. Earlier intervention for epiretinal membrane before patients develop significant visual loss and metamorphopsia would be necessary.
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