Spontaneous resolution of a shallow detachment of the macula in a highly myopic eye

Antonio Polito, Paolo Lanzetta, Michele Del Borrello, Francesco Bandello

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PURPOSE: To report a case of pathologic myopia with shallow detachment of the macula and anatomic reattachment after spontaneous posterior vitreous separation. DESIGN: Observational case report. METHODS: A 66-year-old woman with pathologic myopia presented with decreased vision of 20/400 in her left eye. Biomicroscopy showed myopic chorioretinal changes, posterior staphyloma, and a shallow macular elevation. Optical coherence tomography was performed at the initial and follow-up examinations. RESULTS: Initial optical coherence tomography revealed a retinal detachment, retinoschisis, and incomplete posterior vitreous detachment. One and one-half years after the initial visit the patient's best-corrected visual acuity improved to 20/200, and optical coherence tomography disclosed macular reattachment, release of vitreous adhesions, and restoration of normal retinal tomographic appearance. CONCLUSIONS: Spontaneous resolution of chronic shallow detachment of the macula in highly myopic eyes may occur and can be attributed to spontaneous posterior vitreous detachment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)546-547
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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