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Journal of Ophthalmology
Volume 2015, Article ID 821864, 8 pages
Clinical Study

Loss of Visual Acuity after Successful Surgery for Macula-On Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachment in a Prospective Multicentre Study

1IOBA (Eye Institute), University of Valladolid, 47011 Valladolid, Spain
2Hospital Clínico Universitario de Valladolid, 47003 Valladolid, Spain
3Ciber-BBN, 47011 Valladolid, Spain
4Complejo Asistencial de Palencia (CAPA), 34005 Palencia, Spain
5Hospital Universitario Virgen Macarena y Hospital Universitario Virgen del Rocío, 41009 Sevilla, Spain

Received 1 July 2015; Revised 18 October 2015; Accepted 22 October 2015

Academic Editor: Lisa Toto

Copyright © 2015 Salvatore Di Lauro et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Purpose. To quantify the frequency of visual loss after successful retinal detachment (RD) surgery in macula-on patients in a multicentric, prospective series of RD. Methods. Clinical variables from consecutive macula-on RD patients were collected in a prospective multicentric study. Visual loss was defined as at least a reduction in one line in best corrected visual acuity (VA) with Snellen chart. The series were divided into 4 subgroups: (1) all macula-on eyes (); (2) macula-on patients with visual loss at the third month of follow-up () which were further subdivided in (3) phakic eyes (); and (4) pseudophakic eyes (). Results. Fifty-three eyes (14.9%) had visual loss three months after surgery ( phakic eyes; pseudophakic eyes). There were no statistically significant differences between them regarding their clinical characteristics. Pars plana vitrectomy (PPV) was used in 67.2% of cases, scleral buckle in 57.7%, and scleral explant in 11.9% (36.1% were combined procedures). Conclusions. Around 15% of macula-on RD eyes lose VA after successful surgery. Development of cataracts may be one cause in phakic eyes, but vision loss in pseudophakic eyes could have other explanations such as the effect of released factors produced by retinal ischemia on the macula area. Further investigations are necessary to elucidate this hypothesis.