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J. O. Mason, III, R. M. Feist, M. L. Thomley, M. A. Albert, Jr., T. A. Finley, D. A. Friedman, C. J. Compton, M. G. Neimkin, T. L. Emond; Assessment of Quality of Life and Symptomatic Visual Relief Following Sutureless Vitrectomy for Removal of Vitreous Debris. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2010;51(13):1765.
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To evaluate the vision related quality of life (VR-QOL) and visual function following sutureless vitrectomy for removal of vitreous debris.
Sixteen consecutive patients had sutureless vitrectomy for vitreous debris. Each patient underwent a complete 25 item National Eye Institute visual function questionnaire (NEI VFQ-25), as well as preoperative and postoperative best corrected logMAR visual acuity (BCVA) measurements.
Sutureless vitrectomy for vitreous debris improved the NEI VFQ-25 composite score as well as scores on 10 out of 12 subscales (p=0.001). The postoperative NEI VFQ-25 composite score significantly correlated with logMAR BCVA (p=0.001). The mean preoperative logMAR BCVA was 0.40 (range 0.00 to 1.30), which improved to a mean postoperative BCVA of 0.25 (range 0.00 to 1.30). All patients noted a subjective improvement in visual acuity postoperatively.
Patients experienced improved quality of life (as indicated by improved VFQ-25 scores) and visual acuity after undergoing 25-gauge sutureless vitrectomy for removal of vitreous debris. Vitrectomy surgery should be considered as a viable treatment option for patients with symptomatic vitreous floaters.
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