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Diseases of the Vitreo-Macular Interface

  • Aniz Girach
  • Marc D. de Smet
  • First book to be devoted wholly to the diagnosis and treatment of vitreo-macular interface disease, an emerging and important hot topic

  • Offers detailed disease description based on newer imaging techniques and reports on the latest treatment options

  • Includes newly released data from clinical trials

  • Written by world-renowned experts in the field


Part of the Essentials in Ophthalmology book series (ESSENTIALS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Colin A. McCannel, Donald S. Fong
    Pages 1-6
  3. Andrew R. H. Simpson, Timothy L. Jackson
    Pages 7-19
  4. Amitha Domalpally, Sapna Gangaputra, Ronald P. Danis
    Pages 21-27
  5. Ricarda Gisela Schumann, Arnd Gandorfer
    Pages 43-53
  6. Carl Glittenberg, Susanne Binder
    Pages 55-65
  7. Roy M. Arogyasami, Pravin U. Dugel
    Pages 67-76
  8. Susanne Binder, Ilse Krebs
    Pages 77-81
  9. Marc D. de Smet, Aranzazu Mateo-Montoya
    Pages 95-104
  10. Steve Pakola, Julia A. Haller
    Pages 105-112
  11. Marc D. de Smet, Baruch D. Kuppermann
    Pages 113-117
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 119-122

About this book


Disease of the vitreo-macular interface is characterized by vitreo-macular adhesion (VMA), which can lead to abnormal forces on the retina termed vitreo-macular traction (VMT). This combination of VMA and VMT can itself cause impairment of vision and is implicated in a variety of disorders, including wet age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, macular edema, and macular hole. Vitreo-macular interface disease has recently begun to receive more attention owing in part to the advent of new imaging techniques that allow more accurate diagnosis and in part to advances in treatment. 

This clinically oriented book is the first to be devoted wholly to the diagnosis and treatment of vitreo-macular interface disease. World-renowned experts in the field discuss epidemiologic, anatomic, and physiologic aspects, document the findings obtained with newer imaging techniques, such as spectral domain optical coherence tomography, describe the treatment options, and report on the results of preclinical and clinical trials, including some previously unpublished findings. This book will prove invaluable for ophthalmologists as we advance toward a future in which treatments of diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy will likely require adjunctive therapy to tackle VMA/VMT concurrently.


Vitreo-macular adhesion Vitreo-macular interface Vitreo-macular traction

Editors and affiliations

  • Aniz Girach
    • 1
  • Marc D. de Smet
    • 2
  1. 1.ThromboGenics NVLeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.Clinique de MontchoisiLausanneSwitzerland

About the editors

Aniz Girach, MB.ChB., MRCOphth., MRCGP, studied at Leeds University Medical School in the United Kingdom before specializing in ophthalmology. After working in the Department of Ophthalmology, Peterborough Hospitals Trust, Cambridgeshire, Dr. Girach became Ophthalmology Consultant (Europe) for the Grand Vision Group. He then joined Eli Lilly & Co. as Senior Global Ophthalmologist and was later promoted to Global Medical Director of the Global Ophthalmology Team. He subsequently performed a similar role for Merck & Co., before becoming Vice President of International Clinical Development for Alcon Inc. and Global Head of Ophthalmology at ThromboGenics NV, Belgium. Dr. Girach has served on various scientific advisory boards and is a reviewer for several leading journals, whilst maintaining his clinical practice part-time. He is the author of many journal articles, book chapters, and other publications on Retinal diseases and other diverse issues in ophthalmology.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Diseases of the Vitreo-Macular Interface
  • Editors Aniz Girach
    Marc D. de Smet
  • Series Title Essentials in Ophthalmology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Essentials in Ophthalmology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-642-40033-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-662-52112-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-40034-6
  • Series ISSN 1612-3212
  • Series E-ISSN 2196-890X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 122
  • Number of Illustrations 20 b/w illustrations, 20 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Ophthalmology
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“This is the first book on the vitreo-macular interface and its disorders. … The book is intended for vitreoretinal surgeons, researches and other allied personnel that are interested in the topic. … This book will open a new era of investigation and implementation of knowledge regarding the wide array of vitreoretinal disorders.” (Shimon Rumelt, Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, Vol. (255), 2017)