• Ophthalmic Technology Assessment Committee, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care


    A Report by the American Academy of Ophthalmology Committee on Ophthalmic Procedure Assessment

    Ophthalmology, August 1996, Vol 103, 1313-1324 © 1996 by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Click here for free access to the OTA.

    Reviewed for currency: 2012

    Summary: Most retinal detachments can be repaired successfully using modern vitreoretinal surgical techniques. The success of repair depends on a careful preoperative examination and choice of an appropriate surgical procedure. The surgical procedure must be tailored to the individual eye based on a detailed preoperative examination of the retina and vitreous. Postoperative complications are not infrequent compared with many other ophthalmic surgical procedures such as cataract extraction and strabismus repair. The surgeon must observe the eye carefully in the postoperative period to monitor and treat any complications as they arise. Improvements in surgical techniques coupled with a better understanding of the pathophysiology of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment continue to improve the anatomic and functional success of retinal detachment repair.