Effectiveness of tamponade for management of epiretinal membrane

Session Details

Session Title: Free Paper Session 8: Vitreoretinal Surgery III

Session Date/Time: Friday 08/09/2017 | 08:00-09:30

Paper Time: 08:12

Venue: Room 111

First Author: : R.Dubey UK

Co Author(s): :    S. Habal                             

Abstract Details


The aim of this study was to compare visual acuity improvement, retinal thickness and cataract development, after epiretinal membrane (ERM) surgery with and without air and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) tamponade


Tertiary referral vitreoretinal unit of the Royal Hallamshire Hospital


This was a prospective case control study. We considered 25 patients who had surgery with air or gas tamponade and compared to 25 patients without tamponade. This study has enrolled patients with ERM from clinical practice of 5 vitreoretinal surgeons. Preoperative and postoperative data included best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), CRT, and cataract staging. Pars plana vitrectomy with ERM peeling was performed on all patients, either with partial air tamponade or with complete SF6 tamponade.


There was a trend towards faster improvement of central retinal thickness and visual acuity in the tamponade cohort. Rates of cataract development were similar.


ERM peeling with and without tamponade have similar outcomes in terms of BCVA, CRT, cataract development, and adverse events.

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