Hydrogel implant for scleral buckling. Long-term observations

Retina. Winter-Spring 1985;5(1):38-41. doi: 10.1097/00006982-198500510-00008.


The authors report long-term follow-up clinical observations of 82 eyes in which episcleral or intrascleral hydrogel implants were used as buckles in the repair of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment. Three fourths of the eyes were observed for 24 months or more. The implant material provided a durable and effective scleral buckle, did not produce erosion or infection, and was tolerated well by all patients.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Hydrogel, Polyethylene Glycol Dimethacrylate
  • Middle Aged
  • Polyethylene Glycols*
  • Prostheses and Implants*
  • Retinal Detachment / surgery
  • Retinal Detachment / therapy*
  • Scleral Buckling / methods*


  • Hydrogel, Polyethylene Glycol Dimethacrylate
  • Polyethylene Glycols