Mechanical retinal fixation using tacks.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Since their introduction, retinal tacks have been increasingly used as an adjunct in the repair of complicated retinal detachments. Indications, results, and complications in a consecutive series of patients undergoing surgery for complicated retinal detachment are reported. Of the 47 patients with the potential for 6-month follow-up, 44 were available for evaluation. Overall complications were infrequent and usually controllable. At the 6-month follow-up interval, the macula was attached in 27 of the 44 patients (61%). Vision improved in 21 patients (48%). Between the intervals of 6 and 12 months, there was basic stability with two patients worsening in acuity, two patients improving, and 11 patients demonstrating no change. The use of retinal tacks appears to be a procedure with an acceptable complication rate which is helpful in repair of complex retinal detachments.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • de Juan, E; McCuen, BW; Machemer, R

Published Date

  • April 1, 1987

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 94 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 337 - 340

PubMed ID

  • 3587914

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0161-6420

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0161-6420(87)33441-4


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States