Factors associated with visual acuity outcomes after vitrectomy for diabetic macular edema: diabetic retinopathy clinical research network

Retina. 2010 Oct;30(9):1488-95. doi: 10.1097/IAE.0b013e3181e7974f.


Purpose: To evaluate factors ¶associated with favorable outcomes after vitrectomy for diabetic macular edema.

Methods: Data were collected prospectively on 241 eyes undergoing vitrectomy for diabetic macular edema. Multivariate models were used to evaluate associations of 20 preoperative and intraoperative factors with 6-month outcomes of visual acuity and retinal thickness.

Results: Median central subfield thickness decreased from 412 μm to 278 μm at 6 months, but median visual acuity remained unchanged (20/80, Snellen equivalent). Greater visual acuity improvement occurred in eyes with worse baseline acuity (P < 0.001) and in eyes in which an epiretinal membrane was removed (P = 0.006). Greater reduction in central subfield thickness occurred with worse baseline visual acuity (P < 0.001), greater preoperative retinal thickness (P = 0.001), removal of internal limiting membrane (P = 0.003), and optical coherence tomography evidence of vitreoretinal abnormalities (P = 0.006). No associations with clinician's preoperative assessments of the posterior vitreous were identified.

Conclusion: These results suggest that the removal of epiretinal membranes may favorably affect visual outcome after vitrectomy. Preoperative presence of vitreoretinal abnormalities appeared to be associated with somewhat greater reductions in retinal thickness but not with visual acuity outcome. These results may be useful for future studies evaluating vitrectomy for diabetic macular edema.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Basement Membrane
  • Diabetic Retinopathy / physiopathology*
  • Diabetic Retinopathy / surgery*
  • Epiretinal Membrane / physiopathology
  • Epiretinal Membrane / surgery
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intraoperative Complications
  • Macular Edema / physiopathology*
  • Macular Edema / surgery*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
  • Retina / pathology
  • Risk Factors
  • Tomography, Optical Coherence
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Visual Acuity / physiology*
  • Vitrectomy*