Every ophthalmologist who performs intraocular surgery over a number of years is likely to encounter the drama of expulsive choroidal hemorrhage. This complication has been estimated to occur in two of every 1,000 cases of cataract extraction.1 In this issue of the Archives, two other closely related complications, delayed nonexpulsive suprachoroidal hemorrhage2 and limited choroidal hemorrhage,3 are reported.
See also pp 1757 and 1761.
Hemorrhage into the suprachoroidal space is, fortunately, not a common occurrence, but suprachoroidal effusion of limited extent and duration is a sequela of almost every operative procedure of the eye. An understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the ciliochoroidal space helps put ciliochoroidal detachments of all kinds into perspective.4The middle and outer coats of the eye are in intimate contact, separated only by a thin layer of fluid. However, these two surfaces are not rigidly adherent to each other, and
Brubaker RF. Intraocular Surgery and Choroidal Hemorrhage. Arch Ophthalmol. 1984;102(12):1753-1754. doi:10.1001/archopht.1984.01040031417013