PURPOSE: To report our experience with perfluoro-N-octane (PFO) in the surgical management of complicated retinal detachments due to proliferative diabetic retinopathy. METHODS: Retrospective review of 18 consecutive eyes of 18 patients with tractional or combined tractional and rhegmatogenous retinal detachments due to severe proliferative diabetic retinopathy managed by pars plana vitrectomy and the intraoperative use of PFO. Preoperative characteristics, intraoperative findings and procedures and postoperative results were recorded. RESULTS: The mean preoperative acuity was 2/200 (range, 20/25 to light perception). The mean final visual acuity was 4/200 (range, 20/20 to no light perception). With a mean follow-up of 6 months, there was an 89% anatomic reattachment rate at the last visit and visual acuity was stable or improved in 72% of eyes. CONCLUSIONS: In our experience, PFO is a helpful surgical adjunct in the anatomic reattachment of tractional or combined tractional and rhegmatogenous diabetic retinal detachments. Visual acuity was stabilized or improved in the majority of eyes.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Ophthalmic Surgery and Lasers|
|State||Published - Nov 1999|
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