Retinal Detachment Surgery

The Dilemma Between Personal Experience and Clinical Trials

Peter Walter


Expert Rev Ophthalmol. 2012;7(5):441-447. 

In This Article


Several techniques are described for the treatment of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment. Retrospective studies have not clearly indicated a superiority of one or another technique. In randomized trials, differences between these techniques were demonstrated. Although the evidence is published, the surgeon's choice of a specific technique is based on many other factors. The results of pneumatic retinopexy, scleral buckling and vitrectomy are discussed and compared. The possible factors affecting the surgeon's choice for a technique are also discussed in this review.