Outcomes in bullous retinal detachment

Sarah P. Read, Ryan C. Young, Harry W. Flynn

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Purpose To report two patients with giant retinal tear (GRT) associated retinal detachment in the setting of baseball trauma. Observations Two patients presented with retinal detachment associated with GRT following blunt trauma with a baseball. The first was a superotemporal GRT detachment treated with scleral buckling, pars plana vitrectomy, endolaser, and silicone oil injection. He subsequently underwent cataract surgery with silicone oil removal and at two year follow up the retina with attached with best-corrected visual acuity of 20/20. The second case was an inferotemporal GRT detachment treated initially with laser demarcation, however the tear progressed to a retinal detachment that was then treated with pars plana vitrectomy and lensectomy, endolaser, perfluoro-octane (PFO), and silicone oil injection. At the one year follow up, the retina was attached and the best-corrected visual acuity was 20/30. Conclusions and importance GRTs are an uncommon cause of retinal detachment. While pars plana vitrectomy with tamponade is standard in GRT management, there is variability in the use of scleral buckling and PFO in these cases. This is in contrast to retinal dialysis where scleral buckle alone can yield favorable results. Though a baseball ocular trauma is common, retinal involvement is rare compared to other sports injuries such as those occurring with tennis, soccer and golf. Sports trauma remains an important cause of retinal injury and patients should be counseled on the need for eye protection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-20
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Baseball trauma
  • Retina sports injuries
  • Traumatic giant retinal tear

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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