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March 1977

Descemet Membrane Detachment

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1977;95(3):459-463. doi:10.1001/archopht.1977.04450030101014

• Four eyes of three patients had extensive postoperative Descemet membrane (DM) detachment. Blood was present just anterior to the DM in three of the four eyes and later converted to and persisted as pigment. Haziness of the cornea at the level of the DM could be seen with reattachment.

Detachments of the DM are classified as planar when there is 1 mm or less separation of the DM from its overlying stroma in all areas. Nonplanar DM detachments exceed 1 mm of separation. Planar detachments have a much better prognosis than nonplanar detachments do, with or without descemetopexy. Repair of DM detachments, when necessary, should Include air injection, with the least possible instrumentation of the DM.

(Arch Ophthalmol 95:459-463, 1977)