Vitreous Surgery for Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy

  • Ronald G. Michels
Conference paper
Part of the FIDIA Research Series book series (FIDIA, volume 2)


Proliferative diabetic retinopathy can cause visual loss by various mechanisms including complications from neovascular and fibrovascular tissue growth causing vitreous hemorrhage, detachment or distortion of the retina, and/or traction on the optic nerve. Extraretinal complications of proliferative diabetic retinopathy often cause severe visual loss, and these complications can now be successfully treated by vitreous surgery in the majority of cases. The principles and techniques of surgery, as well as the visual results and lasting structural effects, depend on the unique pathophysiology of the extraretinal proliferative process.


Diabetic Retinopathy Vitreous Hemorrhage Posterior Vitreous Detachment Retinal Break Traction Retinal Detachment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald G. Michels
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  1. 1.The Vitreoretinal Service, Wilmer Ophthalmological InstituteJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA

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