Results of macular hole surgery in patients over 80 years of age

John T. Thompson, Raymond N. Sjaarda

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Abstract

Purpose: To evaluate the results of macular hole surgery in patients over 80 years of age to determine if surgery is beneficial in an elderly patient population. Purpose: Twenty consecutive patients over age 80 with idiopathic macular holes and 20 nonconsecutive controls younger than 80 years treated for idiopathic macular holes were compared in a retrospective, consecutive case-control series. Results: The macular hole was closed 3 months after surgery in 19/20 eyes (95%) of patients over age 80 years and 17/20 eyes (85%) of patients under 80 years. The mean preoperative visual acuity was 20/160 in patients over 80 years and 20/160-1 in patients under 80 years. The mean visual acuity at 3 months was 20/63 in eyes of patients over 80 years and 20/80 in eyes of patients under 80 years (P = 0.3). The mean visual acuity was 20/50-2 in eyes of patients over 80 years and 20/63-2 in eyes of patients under 80 years at the final examination (P = 0.403). Conclusions: Macular hole surgery is beneficial in patients over 80 years of age, with very similar results to those of patients younger than 80 years of age. Age should not be the primary criterion for recommending macular hole surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)433-438
Number of pages6
JournalRetina
Volume20
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Intraocular gas bubble
  • Macular hole
  • Prone positioning
  • Vitrectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems

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Thompson, J. T., & Sjaarda, R. N. (2000). Results of macular hole surgery in patients over 80 years of age. Retina, 20(5), 433-438.