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Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2018 May;256(5):879-884. doi: 10.1007/s00417-018-3934-8. Epub 2018 Mar 12.

A quality of life survey in patients with long-term silicone oil or phthisis bulbi.

Author information

1
Oxford Eye Hospital, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headley Way, Oxford, OX3 9DU, UK. Jennifer.doyle307@gmail.com.
2
Oxford Eye Hospital, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headley Way, Oxford, OX3 9DU, UK.
3
Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Levels 5-6 West Wing, University of Oxford, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headley Way, Oxford, OX3 9DU, UK.

Abstract

AIM:

The aim of this study is to determine whether there is any difference in the quality of life of patients with a blind eye with long-term silicone oil compared to without.

METHOD:

Patients with either long-term silicone oil in situ (N = 17), defined as a period greater than 6 months duration with no plan for future removal, or those with a phthisical, non oil-filled eye were identified (N = 13). Two validated questionnaires (NEI VFQ-25 and the FACE-Q) that cover indicators for visual function, pain and cosmesis were sent to all patients in the two cohorts.

RESULTS:

There was no significant difference found in quality of life outcomes between the two groups in terms of visual function, pain or cosmesis.

CONCLUSION:

The results of this study support a holistic approach to the consent process before vitreoretinal surgery. Patients that may need to undergo multiple vitreoretinal procedures, where the endstage result is a long-term silicone oil fill, should be informed that their functional outcome may be similar to having no surgical intervention.

KEYWORDS:

Consent; Phthsis; Quality of life; Silicone oil; Vitreoretinal surgery

PMID:
29532171
DOI:
10.1007/s00417-018-3934-8
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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