2020–2021 BCSC Basic and Clinical Science Course™
12 Retina and Vitreous
Part II: Disorders of the Retina and Vitreous
Chapter 16: Retinal Detachment and Predisposing Lesions
Prophylactic Treatment of Retinal Breaks
Subclinical Retinal Detachment
The term subclinical retinal detachment is used in various ways. Although it may refer to an asymptomatic retinal detachment, it usually describes a detachment in which subretinal fluid extends more than 1 disc diameter from the break but not more than 2 disc diameters posterior to the equator. Because approximately 30% of such detachments progress, treatment is often recommended. Treatment is advised especially for symptomatic patients or cases involving traction on the break. A demarcation line suggests a lower risk; however, progression may occur through the demarcation line.
Excerpted from BCSC 2020-2021 series: Section 10 - Glaucoma. For more information and to purchase the entire series, please visit https://www.aao.org/bcsc.