Foveal relocation by redistribution of the neurosensory retina

D. Wong, N. Lois

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Aim - To describe a new surgical technique for foveal relocation, and to report the outcome in nine patients treated with this procedure. Methods - Nine consecutive patients with subfoveal choroidal neovascular membranes (CNVMs) secondary to age related macular degeneration underwent foveal relocation surgery by redistribution of the neurosensory retina (RNR). The technique involved induction of a retinal detachment via a single retinotomy, relocation of the fovea by 'sweeping' the retinal tissue with a retinal brush, and stabilisation of the retina in its new location using perfluorocarbon liquid peroperatively and silicone oil postoperatively. Results - In eight of nine eyes successful relocation of the fovea was achieved; in one eye the CNVM remained in a subfoveal location postoperatively. Visual acuity improved in two eyes, remained unchanged in three, and decreased in four eyes after a median follow up of 4 months (range 2.5-6 months). Complications included rupture of a foveal cyst with the development of a macular hole in one eye and epimacular membrane formation in another eye. In two eyes, macular retinal vessel closure occurred at the time of laser photocoagulation; one of these eyes later developed cystoid macular oedema and the other an epiretinal membrane. Recurrence of the CNVM was observed in one eye, but was controlled with further laser treatment. Conclusions - Foveal relocation by RNR appears to be feasible, obviating the need for extensive retinotomies or scleral shortening.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)352-357
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 01 Apr 2000

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