EVALUATION OF THE INTERNAL LIMITING MEMBRANE AFTER CONVENTIONAL PEELING DURING MACULAR HOLE SURGERYHARITOGLOU, CHRISTOS MD; SCHUMANN, RICARDA MD; REINIGER, INGRID MD; ROHLEDER, MATTHIAS MD; PRIGLINGER, SIEGFRIED G. MD; KAMPIK, ANSELM MD; GANDORFER, ARND MDRetina: January 2006 - Volume 26 - Issue 1 - p 21-24 Original Articles Buy Abstract In Brief Author InformationAuthors We evaluated the histologic features of the internal limiting membrane (ILM) of the retina removed during macular hole surgery without indocyanine green staining. Our investigation focused on the presence or absence of retinal structures adherent to the retinal surface of the ILM. Because only tiny retinal cellular fragments were observed especially in ILM folds, we conclude that conventional ILM peeling can be performed safely with a cleavage plane between the retinal surface of the ILM and Müller cell endfeet. In the present histological evaluation of ILM specimens harvested during conventional ILM peeling for a macular hole, we were able to demonstrate that the ILM can be removed safely without damaging underlying retinal structures. From the Department of Ophthalmology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany. The authors have no financial interest in this study. Reprint requests: Christos Haritoglou, MD, Department of Ophthalmology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Mathildenstrasse 8, 80336 Munich, Germany; e-mail: email@example.com © The Ophthalmic Communications Society, Inc.