Vitrectomy for diabetic retinopathy: 52% success rate

Most patients undergoing vitrectomy for diabetic retinopathy have stable or improved vision a year after surgery, an Australian study reveals.

An audit of all (495) diabetic vitrectomies carried out in the Northern Territory and South Australia between 2007 and 2011 showed 87% of patients had stable or better vision a year later, while 52% achieved an improvement level regarded as ‘visual success’ by the researchers.

Timely pre-operative laser treatment and the patient’s visual acuity immediately prior to the operation