Closed vitrectomy for the vitreous touch syndrome

Am J Ophthalmol. 1980 Sep;90(3):304-8. doi: 10.1016/s0002-9394(14)74908-6.


We used closed vitrectomy techniques to remove formed vitreous from the anterior chamber in a consecutive series of 38 eyes with the vitreous touch syndrome. The visual results in these cases were related to the severity of corneal edema and the visual acuity recorded preoperatively. Most patients with preoperative visual acuities of 6/15 (20/50) or better demonstrated a clearing of corneal edema and an improvement in vision. Of eyes achieving visual acuities of 6/12 (20/40) or better within six weeks of vitreous surgery, 14 (74%) maintained this level during follow-up. No eyes with preoperative visual acuities of 6/90 (20/300) or worse achieved good results. The incidence of complications of vitreous surgery was acceptable, although cystoid macular edema developed postoperatively in at least 10%. Closed virectomy techniques provide a safe and effective means of treating the vitreous touch syndrome when corneal edema is localized.

MeSH terms

  • Corneal Diseases / pathology
  • Corneal Diseases / surgery*
  • Edema / pathology
  • Endothelium / pathology
  • Humans
  • Macula Lutea
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Syndrome
  • Visual Acuity
  • Vitreous Body / surgery*