Surgical excision of subfoveal neovascular membranes in age-related macular degeneration

H. M. Lambert, A. Capone, T. M. Aaberg, P. Sternberg, B. A. Mandell, P. F. Lopez

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We studied the results of surgical excision of ten consecutive subfoveal choroidal neovascular membranes in ten patients with age-related macular degeneration. The criteria for surgical eligibility included the following: (1) a clearly identifiable subfoveal membrane occupying the entire foveal avascular zone, (2) a visual acuity of 20/200 or worse, (3) minimal subretinal hemorrhage, and (4) an associated exudative macular detachment. Six of the ten patients showed visual improvement at one-month and three- month follow-up visits and seven showed visual improvement by the six-month examination. All ten maculae remained attached without recurrence of subfoveal neovascular membranes throughout the follow-up period. These results suggested that surgical excision is a viable alternative to laser photocoagulation in patients with subfoveal neovascularization in age-related macular degeneration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-262
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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