[Skip to Navigation]
August 1994

Observation of Idiopathic Full-thickness Macular Holes: Follow-up Observation

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, Nihon University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan. The authors have no proprietary or financial interest in any of the materials and devices described herein.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1994;112(8):1051-1056. doi:10.1001/archopht.1994.01090200057022

Objectives:  To evaluate the long-term follow-up observation of idiopathic full-thickness macular holes, with emphasis on the incidence and process of disappearance.

Methods:  The authors followed up 97 eyes with idiopathic full-thickness macular holes for a period ranging from 2 to 182 months (average, 66 months).

Results:  Apparent disappearance of the hole was observed in six eyes. Although improvement in visual acuity of at least 2 lines resulted in all six eyes, visual acuity improved to 20/30 or better in those eyes in which macular holes disappeared within 24 months of the initial examination.

Conclusion:  The incidence of apparent disappearance of idiopathic full-thickness macular holes was low. Improvement in visual acuity was greater in those cases in which macular holes disappeared in a relatively short period of time.

Add or change institution