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Article
August 1990

Risk of Developing a Macular Hole

Author Affiliations

From the Eye Research Institute and Retina Associates, Boston, Mass (Dr Trempe). Drs Yoshida and Akiba were on leave from the Department of Ophthalmology, Asahikawa (Japan) Medical College.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1990;108(8):1088-1090. doi:10.1001/archopht.1990.01070100044031
Abstract

• We followed up 45 eyes with early-stage idiopathic macular hole (mean period, 32 months; range, 7 to 87 months) to investigate their prognoses, especially in relation to the vitreous condition. At initial examination, 18 eyes (40%) showed vitreous separation from the fovea, and 10 (22%) developed vitreous separation during follow-up. None of these 28 eyes progressed to a fully developed macular hole during follow-up. Moreover, the macular disease was apparently improved in 23 (82%) of these eyes. However, of the remaining 27 eyes without vitreous separation from the fovea, 10 eyes (37%) progressed to a fully developed macular hole. We speculate that early-stage macular hole could be reversed by spontaneous vitreous separation from the fovea, and this chance may be greater than the risk of true macular hole formation.

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