The use of perfluorodecalin in retinal detachments with retinoschisis

Ophthalmic Surg Lasers. 1998 Oct;29(10):818-21.


Background and objective: To evaluate the effect of perfluorodecalin on the repair of retinal detachments with retinoschisis.

Patients and methods: Twenty-two eyes of 20 patients with degenerative and X-linked retinoschisis underwent pars plana vitrectomy, perfluorodecalin injection, internal fluid drainage, and fluid-air exchange.

Results: The retina was reattached intraoperatively in 21 (95.4%) of the 22 eyes. In 4 eyes, retinal detachment recurred within 2 months postoperatively. All of the recurrent cases underwent reoperation with perfluoropropane gas and the retina was reattached at the end of 2 operations. As a result, visual acuity increased in 18 (81.8%) of the 22 eyes.

Conclusion: Perfluorodecalin makes flattening of the retina and evacuation of subretinal fluid easier in the management of rhegmatogenous retinal detachments associated with degenerative and X-linked retinoschisis.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Female
  • Fluorocarbons / pharmacology
  • Fluorocarbons / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Retinal Degeneration / surgery*
  • Retinal Detachment / surgery*
  • Vitreous Body / drug effects


  • Fluorocarbons
  • perfluorodecalin