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Repair of macular fold following retinal reattachment surgery


Mr Ahmed N El-Amir, Oxford Eye Hospital, The Radcliffe Infirmary, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HE, UK. Email:;


Here the management of a macular fold complicating retinal reattachment surgery is discussed. The macular fold was repaired by a technique similar to that used in retinal translocation surgery. Direct injection into the macular fold was performed, which caused a linear, rather than the intended concentric, detachment of the retina. Permanent flattening of the macula fold was achieved and the best-corrected Snellen visual acuity was 6/12 at 6 months. The importance of intervention, advantages and disadvantages of this technique and alternative methods of managing such cases are discussed. It may be prudent to consider peripheral, rather than direct, injection into the macular fold to detach the macula in such cases.

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