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Comment & Response
October 2013

Complications of Pneumatic Retinopexy—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Goldschleger Eye Institute, Sheba Medical Center, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Hashomer, Ramat Gan, Israel
JAMA Ophthalmol. 2013;131(10):1370-1371. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2013.5371

In Reply We thank Schutz and Richoz for their interest in our article.1 We reported a primary success rate of 66.3% for PR, which is within the range described in the literature.2 We also showed that failed cases that underwent only 1 additional reattachment operation (77.0% of all failed cases) ended up with very good visual acuity. Only a minority of the eyes (7.8%) required more than 1 additional procedure, and these were the eyes that developed the more significant complications. Our main point is that performing PR in properly selected cases saves almost 70% of the eyes from major surgery such as scleral buckling or vitrectomy. In addition, it does not worsen the prognosis for reattachment and very good final visual acuity in the majority of failures.

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