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Evaluation of Vision-Related Quality of Life after Autologous Internal Limiting–Membrane Transplantation for Refractory Macular Holes

Authors Yuan D, Zhang W, Yuan S, Xie P, Liu Q

Received 2 May 2020

Accepted for publication 2 July 2020

Published 23 July 2020 Volume 2020:14 Pages 2079—2085


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Dongqing Yuan, Weiwei Zhang, Songtao Yuan, Ping Xie, Qinghuai Liu

Department of Ophthalmology, First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, People’s Republic of China

Correspondence: Qinghuai Liu
Department of Ophthalmology, First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, 300 Guangzhou Road, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province 210029, People’s Republic of China

Purpose: To evaluate the vision-related quality of life of vitrectomy combined with autologous internal limiting membrane (ILM) transplantation for refractory macular holes (MHs).
Methods: There were 40 eyes with refractory MHs included, and all eyes received 23 G vitrectomy and ILM peeling with autologous ILM transplantation. Preoperative and postoperative basic conditions were recorded. The Chinese version of the vision-related quality-of-life scale was used to evaluate patients after operation. Quality of life, postoperative visual acuity, and size of MHs before operation were assessed with Spearman rank correlations.
Results: All patients were followed up for 3 months after surgery. Mean postoperative best-corrected visual acuity had significantly improved after surgery. Vision-related quality of life of patients after surgery was closely related to the MH index, but negatively correlated with best-corrected visual acuity before and after surgery.
Conclusion: The anatomical structure of refractory MHs with ILM peeling combined with autologous ILM transplantation was largely reduced, and the visual acuity of patients improved significantly.

Keywords: refractory macular hole, internal limiting membrane transplantation, vision-related quality of life

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