Tamponade in the surgical management of retinal detachment

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Despite treatment advances, rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RD) can have poor visual outcomes even with prompt and appropriate therapy. Pars plana vitrectomy is a leading management modality for the treatment of RD. This procedure is generally accompanied by the use of internal tamponade. Various gases and silicone oils may yield beneficial outcomes. Heavy silicone oils have been approved in some European nations but are not available in the USA. Different tamponade agents have unique benefits and risks, and choice of the agent should be individualized according to the characteristics of the patient and RD, as well as perioperative and postoperative factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)471-476
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Ophthalmology
StatePublished - Mar 16 2016


  • Air
  • Gas
  • Perfluorocarbon liquids
  • Retinal detachment
  • Silicone oil
  • Tamponade

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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