JUL 27, 2018
Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Vitreoretinal Surgery
In this interview from ASRS 2018, Dr. Will Parke discusses how he used the IRIS Registry to assess real-world complications that arise after vitrectomy for vitreous opacities. He used the registry data to identify patients with vitreous opacities codes, eliminating individuals with larger pathologies. Of the 17,000 eyes analyzed, 6% underwent additional surgery within the first year. Among the 3.5% of eyes that underwent additional retinal surgery, 2.6% experienced retinal detachment. Though it is unclear why the reoperation rate was higher than anticipated, complication rates in the general population are not always comparable to clinical trials, explained Dr. Parke. That is why he always tries to be forthright with patients regarding potential risks associated with vitrectomy for vitreous opacities.
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