Smoking linked to proliferative vitreoretinopathy in eyes with open globe injuries

PHILADELPHIA — Cigarette smoking was associated with proliferative vitreoretinopathy and recurrent retinal detachment in eyes with open globe injuries, according to a study presented here.“We believe that smoking is a significant risk factor for PVR, at least in a traumatic retinal detachment population,” Dean Eliott, MD, said at Macula 2014. “Smoking influences the four major steps in the pathogenesis of PVR.”Eliott and colleagues reviewed 893 open globe injuries treated between 1999 and 2011. They assessed the risk factors for retinal detachment before treatment and recurrent detachment associated with PVR.

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