Finding the retinal break in rhegmatogenous retinal detachment

Indian J Ophthalmol. 2001 Sep;49(3):199-202.


The development of subretinal fluid is governed by a limited number of anatomical factors and gravity. As a result, rhegmatogenous retinal detachments form in a predictable manner around the retinal break of their origin. The shape of the detachments points to the position of the break. The purpose of this review is to describe the characterstic contours of subretinal fluid in rhegmatogenous retinal detachments, and to highlight some rules and methodology which can help in the detection of the retinal break in phakic, psuedophakic and recurrent retinal detachments.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cryosurgery / methods
  • Disease Progression
  • Fluorocarbons / administration & dosage
  • Humans
  • Injections
  • Ophthalmoscopy / methods
  • Pseudophakia / complications
  • Retina / pathology*
  • Retina / surgery
  • Retinal Detachment / diagnosis*
  • Retinal Detachment / surgery
  • Retinal Perforations / diagnosis*
  • Retinal Perforations / surgery
  • Scleral Buckling / methods
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Vitreous Body


  • Fluorocarbons