To the Editor.
—In the April 1983 Archives Lindsey et al1 reported that an unplanned buckle removal resulted in a 43% rate of retinal redetachment in patients operated on for a retinal detachment. Other similar series report an even lower redetachment rate (from 40% to 33%).2,3 It may therefore be inferred that a permanent buckle is not needed to achieve the cure of a large number of retinal detachments.We read these reports with a great interest, since in 1978 we developed a method of temporary buckling for the management of retinal detachments with a single break.4The method essentially consists in cryocoagulating the break and indenting it transconjunctivally by means of a metallic plaque fixed to a ring. The ring is fixed to the eyeball by two polyester stitches passed radially through the sclera near the limbus and is held in place eight to 10 days,
Rossi P, Ciurlo G. Retinal Detachment. Arch Ophthalmol. 1984;102(5):662. doi:10.1001/archopht.1984.01040030522001