Retinal detachment and uveitis at a tertiary center over 10 years: the King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH) Uveitis Survey Study Group

  • J. Fernando ArevaloEmail author
  • Andres F. Lasave
  • Turki Abdullah Al Ghamdi
  • Vishali Gupta
  • Igor Kozak
  • Hassan A. Al Dhibi
  • The KKESH Uveitis Survey Study Group
Retinal Disorders



To evaluate the frequency, etiology, treatment, and visual prognosis of retinal detachment (RD) in patients with uveitis.


A retrospective review was performed in 707 consecutive patients (1042 eyes) with uveitis, of whom 97 (13.7%) (157 eyes [15.1%]) had RD.


There were 126 (12.1%) eyes with exudative retinal detachment (ERD), 16 (1.5%) with tractional retinal detachment (TRD), and 15 (1.4%) with rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RRD). Panuveitis was most commonly associated with RD (144 (91.1%) eyes). Infectious causes were more common in RRD, and non-infectious etiologies were most common in ERD and TRD. Oral prednisone was the initial therapy in ERD. Additionally, in these cases, cyclosporine was prescribed most frequently (47.1% patients), followed by azathioprine (26.4% patients). Fourteen (87.5%) eyes with TRD and all RRD cases underwent surgery. In patients with ERD, the mean best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) was 1.1 ± 0.7 LogMAR at baseline and 0.6 ± 0.2 LogMAR at last visit (p = 0.001). In patients with TRD, mean BCVA was 0.7 ± 0.4 LogMAR at baseline and 0.6 ± 0.4 LogMAR at last visit (p = 0.056). In patients with RRD, mean BCVA was 1.6 ± 0.9 LogMAR at baseline and 20 1.3 ± 0.9 LogMAR at last visit (p = 0.185).


In Saudi Arabia, ERD is observed in 12.1% of the eyes with uveitis, and less than 2% of eyes had TRD or RRD. Visual prognosis is usually good after ERD. Infection is the most frequent cause of RRD associated with uveitis and the visual prognosis is poor.


Uveitis Retinal detachment Panuveitis Rhegmatogenous retinal detachment 


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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Fernando Arevalo
    • 1
    Email author
  • Andres F. Lasave
    • 2
  • Turki Abdullah Al Ghamdi
    • 3
  • Vishali Gupta
    • 3
  • Igor Kozak
    • 3
  • Hassan A. Al Dhibi
    • 3
  • The KKESH Uveitis Survey Study Group
  1. 1.Retina Division, Wilmer Eye InstituteJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Retina and Vitreous ServiceClinica Privada de OjosMar del PlataArgentina
  3. 3.Uveitis DivisionKing Khaled Eye Specialist HospitalRiyadhKingdom of Saudi Arabia

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