The outcomes of primary scleral buckling during repair of posterior segment open-globe injuries Academic Article uri icon


  • Objective: To compare visual outcomes of eyes which underwent primary scleral buckling (PSB) treatment during posterior segment open-globe injury (OGI) repair with eyes not treated with PSB. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed 38 eyes which underwent a posterior segment OGI repair with no preoperative evidence of retinal detachment (RD) at Soroka University Medical Center (1995-2010). 19 (50%) underwent scleral repair alone (control group) and the other 19 eyes were treated with PSB also (PSB group). We compared visual outcomes in these two groups and rates of subsequent postoperative complications. Results: Baseline characteristics of the groups were similar. Compared with the control group, the PSB group had statistically significant lower rates of proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) (5.3% versus 38.4%, P < 0.05) and a trend towards lower rates of RD (15.8% versus 41.1%, P = 0.1). PSB group eyes had a statistically significant improvement of their best distance visual acuity (BDVA) with lower means of final BDVA-grade (P < 0.05) and logMAR vision (P < 0.05). Eyes in the control group had no improvement in these parameters. Conclusion: PSB procedure during posterior segment OGI repair may decrease the risk of subsequent retinal complications and improve final visual outcome.

publication date

  • January 1, 2014