Year : 2014  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 30-33

Long-term evaluation of laser retinopexy in retinal breaks: A review and the importance of lifetime follow-up

Department of Ophthalmology, Sifa University, Turkey

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Gonen Baser
Medical Faculty, Department of Ophthalmology, Izmir Sifa University 1429 Sok. No: 1/3 Ufuk Apt., Alsancak, Izmir
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DOI: 10.4103/0189-9171.142753

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Purpose: To evaluate the effects of laser retinopexy in retinal breaks and the recurrence cases. Materials and Methods: 45 eyes of 25 patients who underwent laser retinopexy in retinal breaks between the period of July 2009 and January 2013 are included. All the breaks and suspicious areas for possible breaks are treated with laser photocoagulation. The breaks were surrounded with three rows of laser spots. After the routine controls, the patients are called every 6 months and advised to come immediately to our clinic if new flashing or floaters occur. Results: The patients were followed-up for an average period of 29.65 ± 10.45 months. New breaks were treated again and evaluated for the possible reasons. We found in three patients new breaks after an average period of 27.33 ± 2.03 months. No specifications are observed in these subjects. Conclusion: Retinal breaks can occur even a long time after. It is not known why this process is progressing and new tears develop. For this reason, patients who underwent a laser therapy because of retinal breaks should followed-up for a lifetime. We advise that, unsymptomatic patients who underwent laser retinopexy, should be examined every 6 months and every new complaint of flashing and big floaters should be carefully taken into consideration to prevent retinal detachments.

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