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Retinal detachment risk in the fellow eyes of patients presenting with retinal tears in more than two quadrants
  1. Xiaoman Li1,
  2. Arabella V Poulson2,
  3. Martin P Snead1,2
  1. 1 University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
  2. 2 Cambridge University NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Martin P Snead, Director of Vitreoretinal Research, John van Geest Centre for Brain Repair, University of Cambridge, Forvie Site, Cambridge, CB2 0PY, UK; mps34{at}


Literature discussing fellow eye risk in patients with rhegmatogenous retinal detachment secondary to posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) is limited, particularly in subgroups where this risk may be greater than the general population. In this retrospective consecutive case series with 107 study patients, the risk of retinal tears in fellow eyes of patients with horseshoe tears in three or more quadrants of their presenting eye, secondary to PVD, was 81%. The fellow eye risk is high in this subgroup of patients, and it is important to inform them to seek prompt attention when symptoms of PVD develop in their fellow eye.

  • retina
  • vitreous
  • tears

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  • Presented at This study was presented at the Oxford Ophthalmological Congress 2022.

  • Contributors XL was responsible for gathering and analysing the data, as well as writing the manuscript. AP was responsible for conception of idea, provision of data, critical review and feedback on the manuscript. MS was responsible for supervising the project as well as conception of idea, provision of data, critical review and feedback on the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.