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Surgical management of macular holes: a national survey of current UK practice
  1. R S Khan,
  2. K N Khan,
  3. M T Costen
  1. Hull and East Yorkshire Eye Hospital, Hull, UK
  1. Dr K N Khan, Hull and East Yorkshire Eye Hospital, Fountain Street, Anlaby Road, Hull HU3 2JZ, UK; kamronkhan{at}

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Vitrectomising surgery is the conventional treatment modality for idiopathic stage 3 and 4 macular holes; the exact surgical method and postoperative care, however, are not entirely agreed upon, with treatment ultimately depending on the preferences of the individual surgeon. We aimed to collect information on macular hole surgery and outcomes by conducting on online survey of all members of the Britain and Eire Vitreo-Retinal Society regarding their preferred surgical approach to evaluate current clinical practice in the UK regarding management.

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Table 1 Summary of the responses to the online questionnaire by 192 Britain and Eire Vitreo-Retinal Society members who were invited to participate

The validity of this study is dependent on the accuracy of the responses we received. Our response rate of 36% compares favourably with 34% for similar surveys in the Germany, Austria and Switzerland in 2006.1 This survey may not …

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  • Competing interests: None.

  • This work was presented at the Britain and Eire Vitreo-Retinal Society Meeting at St Andrews in November 2007.

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