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Retina. 2018 Jul 30. doi: 10.1097/IAE.0000000000002274. [Epub ahead of print]

EPIRETINAL MEMBRANE REMOVAL WITH FOVEAL-SPARING INTERNAL LIMITING MEMBRANE PEELING: A Pilot Study.

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1
Eye Clinic, Department of Neurological and Vision Sciences, University of Brescia, Italy.
2
Eye Clinic, Department of Health Sciences, University of Molise, Campobasso, Italy.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To compare the retinal sensitivity after complete internal limiting membrane (ILM) peeling with that after foveal-sparing ILM peeling during vitrectomy for Type I epiretinal membrane.

METHODS:

This was a prospective, randomized, comparative study. Thirty-eight eyes were randomized to undergo complete peeling of the ILM (CP group) or peeling with foveal sparing (FS group). The main outcome measures were foveal and perifoveal retinal sensitivity, visual acuity, and central retinal thickness.

RESULTS:

Foveal retinal sensitivity showed a significant improvement in the FS group (2.82 ± 0.85 dB, P = 0.037) versus a slight drop in the CP group (-0.66 ± 0.48 dB, P = 1). Perifoveal retinal sensitivity slightly improved in both groups (0.47 ± 0.37 dB, P = 1 in the CP group and 0.79 ± 0.42 dB, P = 0.77 in the FS group), showing a similar trend without significant differences. Significant improvements were observed in both visual acuity and central retinal thickness in both groups. However, three cases in the FS group showed epiretinal membrane recurrence and required revision surgery with complete ILM removal.

CONCLUSION:

Internal limiting membrane peeling may reduce retinal sensitivity and significantly increase the incidence of microscotomas. However, the higher epiretinal membrane recurrence rate after the foveal-sparing technique limits the effectiveness of this procedure. Further studies must be conducted to determine if it is safe to leave a portion of the ILM in front of the fovea.

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