Treating myopic foveoschisis

August 11, 2006

Treating myopic foveoschisis

Vitreous cortex removal and internal limiting membrane (ILM) peeling could be critical in treating persistent myopic foveoschisis (MF), according to the results of a study published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology.

Kaori Sayanagi, Yasushi Ikuno and Yasuo Tano from Osaka University Medical School, Osaka, Japan, examined two highly myopic eyes of two patients with persistent MF after primary vitrectomy and gas tamponade. Both were then treated with pars plana vitrectomy, residual vitreous cortex removal, ILM peeling and long-term gas tamponade.In both cases total foveal reattachment was achieved in addition to improvements in best-corrected visual acuity.

The authors concluded that re-operation with vitreous cortex removal and ILM peeling could benefit patients with MF after their primary surgery. It also indicates that both treatments, if used in the first instance, could prevent the need for any re-operation at all.