Clinical course of vitreomacular traction managed initially by observation

Jonathan H. Tzu, Vishak J. John, Harry W Flynn, William E Smiddy, Jared R. Jackson, Blake A. Isernhagen, Adam Carver, Robert Leonard, Homayoun Tabandeh, David S. Boyer, Maria H. Berrocal, Mihoko Suzuki, K. Bailey Freund, Jeffrey G. Gross

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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical course and outcomes of patients with vitreomacular traction (VMT) managed initially by observation. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This noncomparative case series included patients with a diagnosis of VMT based on clinical symptoms and findings on spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) between 2005 and 2014. VMT was documented using a standardized grading system based on the degree of distortion of the foveal contour. Data were collected at five retina clinics using standardized collection forms. Visual acuity, changes in SD-OCT findings, and timing of the release of VMT as seen on SD-OCT were recorded. RESULTS: The study included 230 eyes of 185 patients. Mean age was 72.5 years, and mean follow-up was 32 months. At baseline, VMT grading was grade 1 in 92 eyes (40%), grade 2 in 118 eyes (51.3%), and grade 3 in 20 eyes (8.7%). By last follow-up, spontaneous release of VMT occurred in 73 eyes (31.7%). Spontaneous release of VMT occurred at a mean of 18 months (median: 10.9 months) after initial visit. Mean logMAR best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) was 0.28 (20/55) (range: 20/20 to 20/400) at baseline and 0.25 (20/51) (range: 20/20 to 20/400) at last follow-up. Pars plana vitrectomy was performed in 10 eyes (4.1%) for macular hole (six eyes) and increased VMT (four eyes); BCVA was at least 20/40 in eight of the 10 eyes at last follow-up. CONCLUSION: Patients with VMT generally had a favorable clinical course when managed initially by observation. Spontaneous release of VMT occurred in approximately one-third of patients. At last follow-up, pars plana vitrectomy was performed in fewer than 5% of patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)571-576
Number of pages6
JournalOphthalmic Surgery Lasers and Imaging Retina
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Surgery

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