Effect of scleral buckling on vector forces caused by epiretinal membranes

Ronald G. Michels, John T. Thompson, Thomas A. Rice, David Freund

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Epiretinal membranes exert a perpendicular force on the retina that is directed toward the center of the vitreous cavity and tends to elevate the retina from the retinal pigment epithelium. A scleral buckle changes the eye wall from concave to convex and reverses the direction of the vector force oriented perpendicular to the eye wall. Therefore, when a scleral buckle is used, the force from an epiretinalmem-brane pulls the retina toward the retinal pigment epithelium instead of causing retinal detachment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)449-451
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of ophthalmology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 15 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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