Macular translocation with radial scleral ouffolding: experimental studies and initial human results.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

PURPOSE: Different techniques have been proposed for translocating the macula in patients with subfoveal neovascularization secondary to age-related macular degeneration. A new approach utilizing radial outfolding of the sclera was investigated. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Surgical techniques and retinal displacement were evaluated in animal trials using metal scleral clips. Successful translocation and reattachment of the retina was achieved in eight rabbits (eight eyes). We conducted a retrospective review of macular translocation surgery, performed with radial scleral outfolding, in a series of five consecutive human patients (five eyes) using full-thickness transscleral mattress sutures. RESULTS: After surgery, vision improved in two of five patients, with one patient achieving a visual acuity of 20/50. The mean angle of rotation was 11.5 deg (range 8.6 -15.1). The mean amount of foveal displacement was 1,276 pm (range 852-1,620). Complications included one case of retinal detachment, one of diplopia, and one of subretinal hemorrhage. CONCLUSIONS: Limited macular translocation by radial scleral outfolding can improve vision in selected patients. Radial evagination appears to be as effective as circumferential infolding.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Benner, JD; Meyer, CH; Shirkey, BL; Toth, CA

Published Date

  • November 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 239 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 815 - 823

PubMed ID

  • 11789861

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0721-832X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s004170100339


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Germany