Prediction of visual acuity recovery in cystoid macular edema

P. J. McDonnell, S. J. Ryan, A. F. Walonker, A. Miller-Scholte

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Three consecutive patients participated in a prospective evaluation of pseudophakic cystoid macular edema. The duration of the macular edema ranged from 6 to 8 months. On the initial visit, the best corrected acuity with spectacles was determined and a potential acuity meter reading was obtained; this test suggested potential for visual recovery in two of the three patients. Sub-tenon's injections of methylprednisolone acetate (20 mg) were administered along with topical 1% prednisolone acetate and 1% atropine. One month later, visual acuity was improved by more than 2 Snellen lines in all three of the patients. A visual acuity measurement with the potential acuity meter that is better than the best corrected acuity with spectacles may reflect the presence of intact, but dysfunctional photoreceptors that are capable of restoring visual acuity upon resolution of the edema.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)354-358
Number of pages5
JournalOphthalmic Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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