Letters Flashes, floaters, and a field defect

Risk of missing a retinal tear in patients with vitreous detachment

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f7572 (Published 23 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7572
  1. Edward Nicholas Herbert, consultant retinal surgeon1
  1. 1Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton TA1 5DA, UK
  1. enherbert{at}doctors.org.uk

Khan and colleagues highlight that up to one in six patients with acute symptomatic posterior vitreous detachment have a resultant retinal tear and that dilated funduscopy is needed in all cases.1 Untreated tears can result in retinal detachment and sight loss. It is important to ensure that whoever performs funduscopy is adequately trained and uses the appropriate …

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