Long-term visual outcomes in patients with successful macular hole surgery

R. E. Leonard, W. E. Smiddy, Jr Flynn, W. Feuer

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Objective: The purpose of the study is to determine the long-term visual outcomes in patients undergoing successful macular hole surgery. Design: A consecutive series of eyes with an anatomically successful macular hole surgical result and at least 1 year postoperative follow-up information was identified and studied. Preoperative and postoperative visual acuities were measured in accordance with the Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study protocol. Main Outcome Measures: Visual acuity, improvement of visual acuity, and rate of final visual greater than or equal to 20/40 were measured. Results: The median visual acuity increased from 20/125 before surgery to 20/50 1 year after surgery (93 eyes) and to 20/30 at 36 months after surgery (68 eyes). The trend for improvement in visual acuity after I year after surgery was statistically significant. The postoperative visual acuity was greater than or equal to 20/40 in 15 (17%) eyes at 3 months and 53 (78%) at 36 months. Before surgery, 12 (13%) eyes were pseudophakic, and 77 (83%) were pseudophakic at 36 months. Median visual acuity in the fellow eye was 20/32 at baseline and 20/32 at 36 months. The visual acuity in the study eye was better than in the fellow eye in 36 (39%) patients at 36 months after surgery. Conclusions: Visual acuity in patients after anatomically successful macular hole surgery continues to improve even beyond I year after surgery. Although substantial improvement occurs soon after cataract extraction, further improvement in visual acuity continues for 2 years thereafter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1648-1652
Number of pages5
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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