We evaluated predictive factors for visual outcomes in patients with idiopathic epiretinal membrane (iERM) after pars plana vitrectomy (PPV). Clinical records for 114 eyes (114 patients, mean age: 70.6 years) with iERM treated by PPV between March 2012 and March 2018 were retrospectively reviewed. Overall, the mean postoperative best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) and central retinal thickness measured by optical coherence tomography improved as early as 1 month after surgery, and further improved until 3 months (P < 0.01). Multiple linear regression analyses adjusted for the preoperative BCVA showed that older age (B, 0.010; 95% confidence interval, 0.003 to 0.016; P = 0.003) and a shorter axial length (AL; B, −0.059; 95% confidence interval, −0.099 to −0.019; P = 0.005) predicted worse postoperative BCVA. The Mann-Whitney U test showed that the postoperative BCVA was worse in eyes with AL < 23.6 mm than in eyes with AL ≥ 23.6 mm (P = 0.037), and in patients aged ≥69 years than in patients aged <69 years (P = 0.024). The findings may help in evaluating surgical indications for each patient to obtain satisfactory outcomes, irrespective of the preoperative BCVA.
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