Back to Journals » Clinical Ophthalmology » Volume 5

Early imaging of a macular hole following vitrectomy with primary silicone oil tamponade

Authors Saha, Lake, Wang B

Published 15 November 2011 Volume 2011:5 Pages 1637—1638


Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Niladri Saha, Stewart Lake, Bob Z Wang
Department of Ophthalmology, Flinders Medical Centre and Flinders University, Bedford Park, South Australia, Australia

Background: To describe the morphology of a macular hole in the early postoperative period following vitrectomy with primary silicone oil tamponade.
Methods: A case report with optical coherence tomography (OCT) scans prior to surgery, at 20 minutes postoperatively and then at 17 hours postoperatively.
Results: OCT images of a 73-year-old woman with a stage 3 macular hole were obtained. At 20 minutes postoperatively, there was a reduction in intraretinal cysts and a reduction in macular hole size with elevated-open configuration. At 17 hours postoperatively, complete macular hole closure was noted.
Conclusion: OCT Images of a macular hole in the early postoperative period have been successfully obtained. Macular holes can close within 24 hours postoperatively and show morphological changes that may be predictive of closure within 20 minutes postoperatively.

Keywords: early imaging, macular hole, vitrectomy

Creative Commons License This work is published and licensed by Dove Medical Press Limited. The full terms of this license are available at and incorporate the Creative Commons Attribution - Non Commercial (unported, v3.0) License. By accessing the work you hereby accept the Terms. Non-commercial uses of the work are permitted without any further permission from Dove Medical Press Limited, provided the work is properly attributed. For permission for commercial use of this work, please see paragraphs 4.2 and 5 of our Terms.