Home About us Editorial board Ahead of print Current issue Search Archives Submit article Instructions Subscribe Contacts Login 
  • Users Online: 4302
  • Home
  • Print this page
  • Email this page

   Table of Contents      
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 11  |  Page : 1863

Commentary: Macular hole area index - Is it a research index or clinical index?

Department of Vitreo Retina, Aravind Eye Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Date of Web Publication22-Oct-2019

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Prabu Baskaran
Department of Vitreo Retina, Aravind Eye Hospital, Noombal, Poonammallee High Road, Chennai - 600 077, Tamil Nadu
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_1215_19

Rights and Permissions

How to cite this article:
Baskaran P. Commentary: Macular hole area index - Is it a research index or clinical index?. Indian J Ophthalmol 2019;67:1863

How to cite this URL:
Baskaran P. Commentary: Macular hole area index - Is it a research index or clinical index?. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Feb 23];67:1863. Available from: http://www.ijo.in/text.asp?2019/67/11/1863/269601

Macular hole (MH) was an untreatable disease till 1991, when Kelly and Wendel suggested the role of pars plana vitrectomy (PPV) to achieve MH closure.[1] This was on the basis of the pathogenesis of MH as proposed by Gass et al.[2] However, they could achieve only 58% success in closing MH with PPV and gas tamponade alone. Eckardt et al. and Park et al. later in the year 1997 and 1999, respectively, introduced the concept of internal limiting membrane (ILM) peeling in addition to PPV and gas tamponade to achieve better closure rates.[3],[4] They achieved >90% success in closing MH. After the addition of optical coherence tomography (OCT) to the armamentarium, the entire perspective of looking at MH has changed. The modern-day classification of MH is on the basis of OCT. The international vitreomacular traction study group classified MH as small, medium, and large on the basis of aperture size (minimum hole diameter).[5] It is well proven that MH size is the most important prognostic factor that determines the success rate in MH closure. Michalewska et al. introduced the concept of inverted flap surgery for large MH (aperture size >400 μm).[6] Since then, various modifications and newer techniques have been proposed for large MH. In the Manchester large macular hole study with conventional ILM peeling, the success rate was >90% till 650 μm aperture size.[7] Beyond that, the success rate decreased significantly to 76%. It is time that we revise the definition of a large MH and accordingly, the criterion for performing inverted flap MH surgery. Various MH indices were proposed in the past like macular hole index (hole height/base diameter), diameter hole index (minimum diameter/base diameter), and tractional hole index (maximum hole height/minimum diameter). However, none of these are popular among clinicians as the predictive value has not been widely reproducible. The minimum diameter and base diameter are the most important and independent prognostic factors that determine the success rate.[8] It is interesting that Venkatesh et al. have come up with newer indices on the basis of area rather than linear metrics.[9] They have processed the scans in Image J software and analyzed the correlation between various newly proposed indices and success rate and found out that MH area index (MAI) predicts outcomes better than the rest. However, the authors have not suggested any grading on the basis of MAI and also not performed or commented on inverted flap surgery. The mean minimum hole diameter in the series was 938.3 ± 398.9 μm. The authors have performed conventional MH surgery with a success rate of 59%.

Also, exporting the scans to Image J and processing it over there to obtain all these newer indices may not be user-friendly for many clinicians especially if they are not tech-savvy. In contrast, minimum hole diameter and base diameter are simple and very easy to measure by anyone using the calipers that are inbuilt in the OCT machine. Nevertheless, if MAI is proven to be at par or superior to aperture size in predicting the success rate, the OCT manufacturers might incorporate MAI in the OCT software itself. This may simplify the entire process. Similar to the Manchester study, we need to understand how this MAI can help us achieve better success rate. I hope the authors take this forward and come up with a classification system on the basis of MH area with calculated success rate in the future. And if that gets incorporated in most of the standard OCT machines, MAI will be value addition. Till then it will be research index rather than a clinical index.

  References Top

Kelly NE, Wendel RT. Vitreous surgery for idiopathic macular holes. Results of a pilot study. Arch Ophthalmol 1991;109:654-9.  Back to cited text no. 1
Johnson RN, Gass JD. Idiopathic macular holes. Observations, stages of formation, and implications for surgical intervention. Ophthalmology 1988;95:917-24.  Back to cited text no. 2
Eckardt C, Eckardt U, Groos S, Luciano L, Reale E. Removal of the internal limiting membrane in macular holes. Clinical and morphological findings. Ophthalmologe 1997;94:545-51.  Back to cited text no. 3
Park DW, Lee JH, Min WK. The use of internal limiting membrane maculorrhexis in treatment of idiopathic macular holes. Korean J Ophthalmol 1998;12:92-7.  Back to cited text no. 4
Duker JS, Kaiser PK, Binder S, de Smet MD, Gaudric A, Reichel E, et al. The international vitreomacular traction study group classification of vitreomacular adhesion, traction, and macular hole. Ophthalmology 2013;120:2611-9.  Back to cited text no. 5
Michalewska Z, Michalewski J, Adelman RA, Nawrocki J. Inverted internal limiting membrane flap technique for large macular holes. Ophthalmology 2010;117:2018-25.  Back to cited text no. 6
Ch'ng SW, Patton N, Ahmed M, Ivanova T, Baumann C, Charles S, et al. The Manchester large macular hole study: Is it time to reclassify large macular holes? Am J Ophthalmol 2018;195:36-4.  Back to cited text no. 7
Salter AB, Folgar FA, Weissbrot J, Wald KJ. Macular hole surgery prognostic success rates based on macular hole size. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging 2012;43:184-9.  Back to cited text no. 8
Venkatesh R, Mohan A, Sinha S, Aseem A, Yadav NK. Newer indices for predicting macular hole closure in idiopathic macular holes: A retrospective, comparative study. Indian J Ophthalmol 2019;67:1857-62.  Back to cited text no. 9
  [Full text]  


    Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
    Access Statistics
    Email Alert *
    Add to My List *
* Registration required (free)  

  In this article

 Article Access Statistics
    PDF Downloaded77    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal