Retinal complications after damaging the vitreolenticular barrier

Ophthalmologica. 2012;227(1):20-33. doi: 10.1159/000330421. Epub 2011 Sep 22.


This article gives an overview of the vitreal anatomy and its changes in ageing, which have a significant impact on the two main retinal complications after damage of the vitreolenticular barrier, namely retinal detachment and cystoid macular edema. The possible reasons and pathomechanisms for this entity of retinal diseases in the context of anterior segment interaction are highlighted, and a summary of references is provided showing the epidemiology and consequences of such interventions.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aging / physiology
  • Animals
  • Cataract Extraction
  • Humans
  • Lens, Crystalline / physiopathology*
  • Macular Edema / etiology*
  • Retinal Detachment / etiology*
  • Vitrectomy
  • Vitreous Body / physiopathology*