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October 1971

The Results of Retinal Detachment SurgeryAnalysis of 268 Operations With a Broad Scleral Buckle

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and Harvard Medical School, Boston.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1971;86(4):385-394. doi:10.1001/archopht.1971.01000010387005

Good results have been achieved using a wide scleral buckling technique. Choroidal detachment is common with this procedure and may require immediate surgical correction if glaucoma occurs. It does not, however, lead to permanent damage if properly diagnosed and treated. It is clear that the eyes tolerate the extensive procedures. The anterior segments survive, the visual fields are not markedly constricted, and the visual results are good. The mechanical superiority of the broad scleral buckle is evidenced by the good results obtained and by the low reoperation rate achieved.