May 2008
Volume 49, Issue 13
ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   May 2008
25-Gauge Vitrectomy and Membrane Peel in Management of Idiopathic Epiretinal Membranes
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • D. M. Chacko
    Grene Vision Group, Wichita, Kansas
  • E. D. Roth
    Grene Vision Group, Wichita, Kansas
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    Commercial Relationships  D.M. Chacko, None; E.D. Roth, None.
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Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science May 2008, Vol.49, 4673. doi:
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      D. M. Chacko, E. D. Roth; 25-Gauge Vitrectomy and Membrane Peel in Management of Idiopathic Epiretinal Membranes. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2008;49(13):4673.

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Purpose: : To determine effectiveness of 25-gauge vitrectomy and membrane peel of idiopathic epiretinal membranes.

Methods: : Optical coherence tomography and visual acuity scores were evaluated in a retrospective look at 21 patients who underwent a membrane peel and 25-gauge vitrectomy for epiretinal membranes. The preoperative data was compared to the postoperative data with a mean of 3.5 months follow up.

Results: : Surgery resulted in a decrease in macular thickness in all patients. The preoperative mean for all patients decreased from 429 ± 71 microms to 317 ± 48 microms after surgery. Visual acuity increased from a mean of 20/70+1 (range: 20/30 to 20/150) to a mean of 20/50+2 (range: 20/15 to 20/150) postoperatively. Of the 21 patients, 15 (71.4%) had an increase in their visual acuity (average gain: 13 letters), while 3 (14.3%) had a decrease in visual acuity (average loss: 11 letters). Three patients (14.3%) had no change in visual acuity. Fourteen patients (67%) had a postoperative VA of ≥20/50.

Conclusions: : 25-Gauge vitrectomy and membrane peel are effective in reducing macular edema and increasing visual acuity. Further study with longer follow-up and comparison needs to be done to determine if 25-gauge vitrectomy is more effective than standard 20-gauge vitrectomy.

Keywords: vitreoretinal surgery • imaging methods (CT, FA, ICG, MRI, OCT, RTA, SLO, ultrasound) • macula/fovea 

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