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October 1988

Surgical Decompression of Branch Retinal Vein Occlusions

Author Affiliations

From the University of Tennessee-Memphis and the Health Science Center, Memphis.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1988;106(10):1469-1471. doi:10.1001/archopht.1988.01060140633037

• Many patients with branch retinal vein occlusions can develop significant long-term diminution of vision due to such complications as macular edema, retinal neovascularization, and vitreous hemorrhage. One of us (S.C.) developed a new surgical procedure that involves sectioning or decompression of the common sheath connecting the artery and vein at the crossing where a branch retinal vein occlusion occurs. The patient whose case we report had a visual acuity improvement from 20/200−2 to 20/25+1 eight months after surgery.