Scleral Buckling in Stages 4B and 5 Retinopathy of Prematurity

  • Craig M. Greven
  • William S. Tasman


Severe visual loss in infants with retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) may occur secondary to macular dragging or retinal detachment. The collaborative cryotherapy ROP study has shown that cryotherapy to the avascular retina can decrease the incidence of unfavorable retinal outcomes in selected infants.1 Despite this treatment modality, some infants develop retinal detachments. Treatment of these detached retinas by scleral buckling and vitrectomy techniques has been reported.2 – 11 However, long-term follow-up and visual results are often unavailable. We retrospectively reviewed all cases of infants younger than 18 months undergoing a primary scleral buckle for traction retinal detachment secondary to ROP. Follow-up of 6 months or longer was available on all patients. Anatomic reattachment results and the visual acuities of these children were reviewed.


Retinal Detachment Light Perception Subretinal Fluid Scleral Buckling Anatomic Success 
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  • Craig M. Greven
  • William S. Tasman

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