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A quality of life study comparing scleral buckle and pneumatic retinopexy for the treatment of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment

Authors Gauthier AC, Adelman RA

Received 16 March 2017

Accepted for publication 1 May 2017

Published 6 June 2017 Volume 2017:11 Pages 1069—1071


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Angela C Gauthier, Ron A Adelman

Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA

Patients who have undergone surgical treatment for retinal detachment may have significantly impaired visual-related quality of life.1 Although there are many studies that compare the visual outcomes and anatomical success of scleral buckle and pneumatic retinopexy in treating retinal detachment, there are inadequate data contrasting quality of life measures between these two approaches.2,3 A recent Cochrane review found that patients who underwent pneumatic retinopexy may be more likely to have recurrence of detachment but less likely to have choroidal detachment or a myopic shift than those who had scleral buckle.4 They concluded that there is still a dearth of important patient-centered information such as quality of life outcomes with these procedures.4 This study aimed to compare quality of life between patients who underwent scleral buckle or pneumatic retinopexy for treatment of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment.

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