Why Do Patients Decline Macular Hole Surgery?
What is it about?
Deciding to undergo macular hole surgery requires a certain commitment on the part of the patient as a post-surgical face-down positioning is often required, which is difficult and uncomfortable, especially for older adults. Therefore, it is not surprising that some patients will chose not to undergo the treatment. We decided to compare a group of individuals who declined surgery with a group who chose the treatment. The groups did not differ on clinical variables, indicating that personal preferences and internal variables are likely better predictors.
Why is it important?
Macular hole surgery is one of the types of treatment, similarly to vision rehabilitation, where the outcome success in part depends on the participation and adherence of the patient to the post-treatment regimen. Given this level of control makes it very important for the patient to understand their contribution to the outcome.
The following have contributed to this page: Dr Walter Wittich