Retinal Tear

A retinal tear is caused by the vitreous pulling on the peripheral retina. It can cause a retinal detachment.

What is a retinal tear?

The retina is the light-sensitive layer of tissue that lines the inside of the eye and sends visual messages through the optic nerve to the brain. The vitreous inside the eye (see image) can pull on the retina and cause a tear. Retinal tears occur in about 2 percent of eyes at the time of a posterior vitreous detachment. Once there is a tear, fluid can travel from inside the eye to under the retina. The risk of retinal detachment in an eye with a fresh retinal tear is about 70 percent. Treatment can reduce the risk of a tear progressing to a retinal detachment to about one percent. Ten percent of eyes with a retinal tear develop subsequent retinal tears, most within the first 2 months of onset of the symptoms.

What are Symptoms of a retinal tear?

Symptoms include a sudden or gradual increase in either the number of floaters, which are little "cobwebs" or specks that float about in your field of vision, and/or light flashes in the eye. At least half the time when the retina tears, a blood vessel in the retina is broken. When that occurs, blood is released into the vitreous which looks like hundreds of tiny pepper spots. You can see a little blood next to the retinal tear in the accompanying image. The spots might look black or red. Retinal tears occur in the far periphery of the retina. Unless there is also a retinal detachment, the change in vision from a retinal tear is not noticeable. If someone sees a shadow and loss of side vision, that means the retinal tear has progressed to a retinal detachment.

What is Laser Surgery?

A retinal tear can be treated with laser surgery or cryotherapy. Both accomplish the same goal:creating an adhesion around the tear to prevent a retinal detachment. The accompanying image shows fresh laser spots surrounding a retinal tear. Both treatments are safe with a very small risk of complications. Both laser and cryotherapy do not immediately create an adhesion. The adhesion is fairly good at one week and very good at four weeks. So it is important to ease into jarring activity following treatment for a retinal tear. Anything that creates excessive movement of the eye can be dangerous until the adhesion is formed. Reading, because of the back and forth movement of the eyes, is usually discouraged for a time following treatment of a retinal tear. About 10 percent of people who have had a retinal tear develop a subsequent retinal tear. Therefore if new and different symptoms occur following treatment it is important to notify your physician.

What about asymptomatic retinal holes?

Small asymptomatic retinal holes are not uncommon and usually do not need to be treated. Some surveys suggest that retinal holes are common and may exist in up to 8 percent of all eyes. The reason that retinal holes rarely cause retinal detachments is that they are not under traction. There are several forces that keep your retina attached. There is a suction force exerted by the retinal pigment epithelium. In addition, the retinal cells interdigitate with the underlying retinal pigment epithelial cells holding the retina in place like Velcro. To create a retinal detachment, a sufficient tractional force has to pull the retina out of position to allow fluid to traverse a retinal hole and enter the subretinal space and cause a retinal detachment. The absence of traction around a retinal hole seems to prevent retinal holes from progressing to retinal detachments.

Retinal Tear NEWS

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A Patient’s Guide to Eye Disease  U.S. News & World Report

Learn about common eye diseases, as well as the symptoms, causes and treatment options, at U.S. News and World Report.

Eyes front: My advice for those seeking retinal surgery  Noted

If flashes of light or spooky shadows suddenly appear in your vision, see your optician or doctor without delay.

Portable device attached to smartphone can diagnose eye disease remotely  News-Medical.net

A portable device attached to a smartphone can help capture precise images of the retina to diagnose eye disease. The new method by a startup company, ...

Myopia is risk factor for multiple tears during evolution of PVD  Healio

Multiple retinal tears occurring during the evolution of posterior vitreous detachment are more frequently observed in myopic patients, are symptomatic and are ...

Is Posterior Vitreous Detachment a Serious Eye Problem?  Health Essentials from Cleveland Clinic

Posterior vitreous detachment is quite a mouthful. (And sounds a bit scary.) Fortunately, this eye condition usually won't threaten your vision or require treatment.

Retinal detachment: Early warning signs can save sight  WNDU-TV

Retinal detachment happens when an injury causes the retina to peel away from the wall of the eye. It can happen quickly, or a small tear can continue to ...

Zap! Laser Repair Of Your Torn Retina: An Interview With Royce Chen, M.D.  American Council on Science and Health

Tears of the retina are fairly common and they can lead to blindness. Fortunately, there's a quick and nearly-painless repair method that requires a few zaps of a ...

Eye specialist warns parents about dangers of Nerf guns  Medical Xpress

A University of Alberta ophthalmologist wants safety rules put in place for Nerf toys, after a patient was shot in the eye and nearly lost her vision.

Healthy Living: April 23, 2019  WABI

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - Scleral buckling is a surgical procedure used to repair a retinal detachment. The scleral, or the white of the eye, is the outer supporting ...

PVD patients seeking care on first day of symptoms have higher rate of retinal tears  Healio

Patients with posterior vitreous detachment who seek care on the first day of their symptoms have a statistically significant higher risk for retinal tears.

From bucket hats to sensible hats  AOP

How have your quick actions helped change or save a patient's life?

Shakopee day care provider trial continues. Child abuse doctor claims injuries 'inconsistent' with household fall.  SW News Media

The Shakopee day care provider on trial for allegedly inflicting life-threatening injuries on a 6-month-old baby in September 2017 continued today, when ...

Minimally invasive retinal detachment treatment has better outcomes, clinical trial finds  Science Daily

A minimally invasive treatment for retinal detachment gives patients sharper vision, less distortion and reduced side-effects, according to the findings of a recent ...

Scleral buckling or vitrectomy for primary retinal detachment up to surgeon preference  Healio

WAIKOLOA, Hawaii — Whether to perform scleral buckle alone or add it to pars plana vitrectomy in cases of primary rhegmatogenous retinal detachment is a ...

U of A eye specialist warns parents about dangers of Nerf guns  Folio - University of Alberta

A University of Alberta ophthalmologist wants safety rules put in place for Nerf toys, after a patient was shot in the eye and nearly lost her vision. The 43-year-old ...

Retinal detachment and tears: the correct procedure to ensure early diagnosis and treatment  Lexology

A retinal detachment associated with a retinal tear is a serious ophthalmic condition. It is often a medical emergency and, if not treated quickly…

Posterior vitreous detachment - prevalence of and risk factors for ret | OPTH  Dove Medical Press

Posterior vitreous detachment - prevalence of and risk factors for retinal tears Martin Bond-Taylor,1 Gunnar Jakobsson,1,2 Madeleine Zetterberg1,2 ...

Iron is neurotoxic in retinal detachment and transferrin confers neuroprotection  Science Advances

In retinal detachment (RD), photoreceptor death and permanent vision loss are caused by neurosensory retina separating from the retinal pigment epithelium ...

Letter to the Editor: Ophthalmologist's experience leads to creation of 'floater reminder sheet'  Ophthalmology Times

Letters to the Editor may be submitted to Sheryl.Stevenson@ubm.com. Letters may be edited for clarity and length. The prevalence of floaters is reported to be ...

Eyes on the road: On the fear of driving when vision becomes impaired  The Globe and Mail

It turns out in Ontario, you don't need both eyes to drive, as long as your one good eye has learned to compensate.

“After triage I was fast-tracked for immediate treatment”  AOP

Optometrist at Classic Eyes, Craig Wilcox, and the owner of BiB Ophthalmic Instruments, Tim Baker, discuss an unplanned scan that led to a sight saving referral.

Retinal Detachment Market Growth Rate till 2025 by Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc. (US), Centervue SpA (Italy), Lab Pensacola (US), Eyenuk Inc. (US), Imagine Eyes (France), HealPros, LLC. (US), NEUROVISION IMAGING, LLC. (US), Optos (UK), Peek Vision Ltd. (UK), and more  Market Mirror

Retinal Detachment Market Growth Rate till 2025 by Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc. (US), Centervue SpA (Italy), Lab Pensacola (US), Eyenuk Inc. (US), Imagine Eyes ...

Scleral buckling in the management of rhegmatogenous retinal detachmen | OPTH  Dove Medical Press

Scleral buckling in the management of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment: patient selection and perspectives Sung Who Park,1,2 Jae Jung Lee,1,2 Ji Eun ...

Examining Ties Between Chiropractic Treatment and Vision Loss  Michigan Medicine

In rare occurrences, forceful manipulation of the neck is linked to a damaging side effect: vision problems and bleeding inside the eye. Many Americans visit ...

Health Beat: Retinal detachment: Early warning signs can save sight  69News WFMZ-TV

Retinal detachment happens when an injury causes the retina to peel away from the wall of the eye. It can happen quickly, or a small tear can continue to ...

Alcon Kicks off SYSTANE® Campaign With Businesswoman Barbara Corcoran, Bringing Real Relief to Female Entrepreneurs  Citizentribune

FORT WORTH, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul 11, 2019--. Alcon, the global leader in eye care, is kicking off a new program from SYSTANE ® aimed at funding ...

Retinal Detachment Market Status till 2025 by Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc. (US), Centervue SpA (Italy), Lab Pensacola (US), Eyenuk Inc. (US), Imagine Eyes (France), HealPros, LLC. (US), NEUROVISION IMAGING, LLC. (US), Optos (UK), Peek Vision Ltd. (UK), and more  Honest Version

MarketResearchNest.com published the “Global Retinal Detachment Market Size, Status and Forecast 2019-2025” report in its research database with report ...

BLOG: Why are flap tears shaped like a horseshoe?  Healio

Most of us have seen a flap tear in the peripheral retina. If it's in the superior retina, it's invariably “U” or “V” shaped. If it's in the inferior retina, it's shaped like an ...

My health story: detached retina  Saga Magazine News

Even though he's an optometrist himself, David Cartwright missed the signs of a detached retina – which is why he wants everyone to be aware of them. 06/09/ ...

Mayo Clinic Q&A: What are eye floaters?  Medical Xpress

Dear Mayo Clinic: I've noticed several dark spots and cobweblike strings in my vision. Is this something to be concerned about?

Preventing Retinal Detachment  News-Medical.net

Retinal detachment is a sight-threatening disorder. It comprises the separation of the retina from the underlying retinal pigment epithelium (RPE).

Retinal Detachment Market Forecast till 2025 by Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc. (US), Centervue SpA (Italy), Lab Pensacola (US), Eyenuk Inc. (US), Imagine Eyes (France), HealPros, LLC. (US), NEUROVISION IMAGING, LLC. (US), Optos (UK), Peek Vision Ltd. (UK), and more  Market Reporter

MarketResearchNest.com published the “Global Retinal Detachment Market Size, Status and Forecast 2019-2025” report in its research database with report ...

Emotional trial continues as day care provider takes the stand  SW News Media

The three-week trial against the Shakopee daycare provider accused of inflicting life-threatening injuries on a 6-month-old baby in September 2017 continued ...

Patient history, careful retinal assessment key for flashes of light  Healio

ATLANTA – A multitude of conditions can cause a patient to experience flashes of light, Jill Autry, OD, RPh, said, and optometrists must take a thorough patient ...

Gone in a flash: 'Floaters' in field of vision can warn of vision issue  Stripes Japan

At first, flashes of light or floating debris-like shapes appear in a person's field of vision. If the condition progresses, a curtain of darkness can be seen as the field ...

Eye floaters and flashes of light linked to retinal tear, detachment  Science Daily (press release)

Suddenly seeing floaters or flashes of light may indicate a serious eye problem that -- if untreated -- could lead to blindness, a new study shows.

Can Running Cause Retinal Detachment—or Make It Worse?  Runner's World

A runner with an eye injury wonders how quickly he can get back on the road—or whether he should run again at all.

Remove Depo-Medrol from ophthalmological surgical suites to avoid accidental retinal toxicity  Healio

Methylprednisolone acetate, which has similar packaging and appearance to triamcinolone acetonide, should be removed from shelves of ophthalmological ...

Retinal Detachment Sidelines Vikings Coach  University of Utah Health Care

Dec 14, 2016 12:00 AM. Author: Moran Eye Center. When Minnesota Vikings Coach Mike Zimmer was recently sidelined with a retinal detachment, the sports ...

BLOG: Suggestions for retina patients undergoing cataract surgery  Healio

Optometry Blogs | Alldredge Brooks | Previously, we discussed some general principles when considering cataract surgery in patients with retinal disease.

Can chiropractic care disrupt vision?  Medical Xpress

For those in the habit of getting their neck adjusted by a chiropractor, the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center has interesting information to know about: ...

Most of the time, eye floaters pose no risk  Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Black or gray specks, strings or cobwebs that typically drift about when you move your eyes and appear to dart away when you look at them directly are known ...

Research to explore link between heavy lifting, detached retinas  Safety+Health magazine

It's well known that lifting a heavy load can hurt the back. However, researchers are exploring how lifting, pushing and pulling also can result in eye damage.

Seeing black dots, flashes? Get eyes checked for retinal tears  The Straits Times

Q I had a vitrectomy about two years ago on my right eye, where vitreous gel was removed from the middle of my eye. I also had cataract surgery about six ...

So you think you can do without health insurance?  The Boston Globe

Without coverage, many Americans will simply not get preventive care.

See floaters like these? Could be fine — or serious  Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

They're a phenomenon many people experience, but few really understand.

A Poke in the Eye with a Sharp Stick? Not quite!  The Suburban Times

I don't actually recoil in fright, but when I visit the dentist for any oral work, I have a simple request: a swab, a shot, the gas, and a dental assistant sitting beside ...

What Are Eye Floaters? (Video)  South Florida Reporter

Spots, flashes of light or darkness on any side of your vision could be a sign of eye floaters. Most often noticeable when looking at a plain, bright background, ...

Fears over Gordon Brown's eyesight: what is a retinal tear?  Telegraph.co.uk

Retinal tears, such as the two diagnosed in Gordon Brown's right eye, can occur when the vitreous - a jelly-like substance which fills the back of the eye - breaks ...

Risk Factors for Retinal Redetachment After Silicone Oil Removal: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis  Healio

Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers and Imaging Retina | BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE:This systematic review and meta-analysis was made to measure risk factors ...

Fast Action Can Save Sight if Retina Is Detached or Blocked  New York Times

Modern treatments can do wonders if they are begun before the damage to the eye is irreversible.

Optometrist failed to provide adequate care to woman who suffered a detached retina  Stuff.co.nz

A woman faced losing her sight and needed surgery after an optometrist failed to pick up her retina had become detached.

Posterior vitreous detachment portends risk for retinal detachment after refractive lens exchange  Healio

Ocular Surgery News | Posterior vitreous detachment plays a key role in determining the risk rate for retinal detachment after lens surgery, particularly in highly ...

What should you do about those unpleasant eye floaters?  Harvard Health

For some people, debris from the vitreous in the eye may wind up floating around. These “floaters” may interfere with vision and become bothersome.…

Vitreous Detachment Treatment  News-Medical.net

A vitreous detachment by itself does not cause any visual problems. However, it is associated with a significant number of patients who have retinal tears or the ...

Detached retina linked to over-texting in the dark  CNET

A young Chinese man who constantly texted his girlfriend at night has emergency surgery for something more associated with the elderly, report says.

Five symptoms that might mean you should head to an eye doctor | Provided by LasikPlus  Seattle Times

Issues with the eyes should be taken seriously as they can be a good indicator of what's going on systemically.

What are eye floaters? 5 vision symptoms you shouldn't ignore  Today.com

Considering it's a marvel of design, the human eye doesn't get a lot of respect. We wake up, we see (often with help from glasses or contacts) and move on with ...

A sudden burst of black spots in my eye turned out to be a threat to my sight  Washington Post

It started late on a Thursday afternoon last May, when I noticed a wispy dark shadow in the lower left corner of my right eye. At first, I didn't worry about it.

Some chiropractic treatments can harm eyesight  Medical News Today

A new case study warns that certain chiropractic techniques can lead to problems with vision due to their direct effect on the eye's retina.

Statins to help prevent scar tissue in the eye?  Science Daily

According to a new study, statin medication seems to reduce the risk of repeated surgery in patients who undergo a vitrectomy to treat a detached retina.

Is Blue Light From Your Smart Phone Harmful To Your Eyes?  Forbes

While the habit of checking your smartphone at night may seem like an innocent practice, the reality is that it could actually be leading to permanent damage to ...

Floaters are common as we age but may signal a more serious eye problem  Medical Xpress

Have you ever noticed the sudden appearance of a black dot in your field of vision that moves around when you move your eyes? It could also look like a cob ...

Sight Restored After 55 Years Of Blindness Following Retinal Detachment  Medical News Today

Surgery has restored sight in the eye of a man who for 55 years had a detached retina that left him blind in his right eye after it was hit by a stone when he was 8 ...

Treatment of large avascular retinal pigment epithelium detachments in | OPTH  Dove Medical Press

Arnt-Ole Tvenning,1,2 Christian Hedels,3 Jørgen Krohn,4,5 Dordi Austeng1,2 1Department of Neuromedicine and Movement Science, Faculty of Medicine and ...

Triamcinolone acetonide-moxifloxacin controls inflammation after cataract surgery  Healio

An injection of triamcinolone acetonide-moxifloxacin controlled intraocular inflammation and corneal edema after cataract surgery. The retrospective longitudinal ...

Can Viagra permanently damage vision?  Medical News Today

A case study examines the damage that Viagra can potentially do to the retina. In doses above recommended levels, the blue pill might make you see red.

Flashes and Floaters in Your Eyes: When to See the Doctor  Health Essentials from Cleveland Clinic

Take care of your eyes. Get a better understanding of those strange flashers and floaters you're seeing.

Subretinal fluid drainage during scleral buckling procedure key to closing retinal breaks  Healio

Ocular Surgery News Europe Edition | Vitrectomy has become the procedure of choice for many forms of retinal detachment. However, scleral buckling ...

European Commission Approves Spark Therapeutics' LUXTURNA® (voretigene neparvovec), a One-time Gene Therapy for Inherited Retinal Disease Caused by Confirmed Biallelic RPE65 Mutations  GlobeNewswire

LUXTURNA is first gene therapy for a genetic disease approved in both the U.S. and EU. LUXTURNA is first and only gene therapy approved in EU for patients ...

Six things you believe about your eyes that are totally wrong  PRI

A pair of ophthalmologists discuss why you probably don't need to exercise your eyes and five other commonly-believed myths about the eye.

If you see these weird dots or cobwebs in your eye, they are probably eye floaters  ABC News

They are called eye floaters and are quite common for most people due to changes in the vitreous — the gel-like substance that helps make up most of the ...

June 11 is National Call Your Doctor Day and doctors weigh in on why you should give yours a call  New York Daily News

An apple a day keeps the doctor away — but calling your doctor on National Call Your Doctor Day won't hurt either. While people may not think of giving theirs a ...

FDA: Fluoroquinolones Not Linked to Retinal Detachment  Medscape

Available evidence does not support reports that fluoroquinolone antibiotics may result in retinal detachment or aortic aneurysm or dissection, the FDA said.

Retinal Tears/ Detachment – A personal story with Rick Webber  Globalnews.ca

Global Okanagan News Anchor Rick Webber has been away from work after doctors found a tear in his retina. Rick talks about the symptoms of a retinal tear, ...

A simple eye scan promises to help diagnose Parkinson's disease in earliest stages  New Atlas

A small, but promising, new study suggests there is a link between a thinning of the retina and the onset of Parkinson's disease, pointing toward a potential ...

Bald eagle to be released after three months of rehabilitation  13newsnow.com WVEC

Wildlife Center of Virginia is set to release a bald eagle on January 11 at 1 pm.

Gene Therapy Primer for Pharmacists  Pharmacy Times

Everything pharmacists should know about gene therapy medications from current approved products to near and long-term pipeline information.

Floaters & Flashes: Cause for Concern?  University of Utah Health Care

Jun 21, 2016 1:00 AM. Author: Moran Eye Center. Have you ever looked up at a bright blue sky, or stared at a plain background and noticed little “floaters” ...

Seeing Bugs And Worms All Over? It's OK. It's Just In Your Eye  Star2

Seeing "worms" everywhere is a common description of having "floaters" in our eye. These floaters are actually caused by age-related changes within the ...

Appellate court affirms decision denying trucker of disability benefits  Land Line Magazine

An appellate court panel has ruled in favor of an insurance company accused of wrongly denying a trucker disability benefits. The truck driver filed for the ...

Can we zap eye floaters away? - Harvard Health Blog  Harvard Health

An experimental treatment can remove a certain type of floater with a laser, but further study is needed before it can be widely recommended.

5 Eye Problems To Never Ignore - Eye Floaters, Freckles, More  Women's Health

Noticing changes in your vision, from floaters to redness and spots, can be life-saving—and not just for your eye health. Here's your guide to symptoms to look ...

What you can do about floaters and flashes in the eye - Harvard Health Blog  Harvard Health Publications

Floaters and flashes are a common sight for many, but they can be a warning sign of trouble, especially when they suddenly appear or become more plentiful.

Why the eye could be the window to brain degeneration such as Alzheimer's disease  Medical Xpress

Researchers from Queen's University Belfast have shown for the first time that the eye could be a surrogate for brain degeneration like Alzheimer's disease (AD).

The detection, causes, consequences, and management of tear instability  Ophthalmology Times

Stephen C. Pflugfelder, MD, honored as the recipient of the Binkhorst Lecture and medal at ASCRS 2019, lectured on the quest for tear stability in dry eye ...

After surgery to repair a retinal tear, Bethe Correia hoping for spring return  MMA Fighting

Turns out women's bantamweight contender had a good reason to turn down a fight with Miesha Tate -- a retinal tear in her right eye. After undergoing surgery ...

Eye floaters: How I almost went blind in one eye  El Paso Inc.

El Paso leads the nation in diabetes, and blindness is a major side effect of the disease that impacts older Hispanics more than any other group in the United ...

A New Suggested Strategy for Safe Injection of Ozurdex  Healio

Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers and Imaging Retina | BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES:Ozurdex intravitreal injection is performed via a patented injection device.

Team performs 'impossible' surgery to save dog's sight  vet times

German shepherd dog Oliver presented to Penrith-based Veterinary Vision Ophthalmic Referrals with acute loss of sight from both eyes.

An Odd Eye Injury Caused a Man's Iris to 'Collapse'  Live Science

The man's eye looks like a cloudy fishbowl, or perhaps a terrarium: A dark orb with a layer of a brown, sandy-looking substance at the bottom. But this isn't some ...

AAO 2018: Non-contact Panretinal Photocoagulation for Navilas® 577s Introduced by OD-OS  PR Newswire

IRVINE, California and TELTOW, Germany, Oct. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO ...

Ask Well: Floaters in the Eye  New York Times

Floaters, those small dots or cobweb-shaped patches that move or “float” through the field of vision, can be alarming and may require immediate medical ...

Brain diseases manifest in the retina of the eye  Science Daily

Diseases of the central nervous system (CNS) may manifest as pathological changes in the retina of the eye. Research now shows that retinal changes may be ...

The dark side of antibiotic ciprofloxacin  Baylor College of Medicine News

UPDATE: A few months after this article was posted, the work by Baylor researchers has begun to have international impact. Read the details here. The use of ...

Ehrlich: Dilated eye exams provice a comprehensive view into the health of your eyes  Vail Daily News

This spring, a rash of cases of a rare, but often fatal, form of cancer known as ocular melanoma was reported, with 50 individuals in North Carolina and Alabama.

FDA approves novel gene therapy to treat patients with a rare form of inherited vision loss  FDA.gov

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Luxturna (voretigene neparvovec-rzyl), a new gene therapy, to treat children and adult patients with an ...

The evolution from an eye scratch to major surgery for Mike Zimmer  Star Tribune

After scratching his eye during the Vikings loss to the Chicago Bears, coach Mike Zimmer underwent a procedure to repair a torn retina and all seemed to be ...

Isaiah Austin is willing to risk his life for basketball  ESPN

The 7-foot-1 center dreamed of playing in the NBA, but everything changed just days before the draft. Now he's putting everything on the line to do what he ...

Ophthalmic Examination in the Geriatric Cat  American Veterinarian

According to a recent article in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, scant information is available regarding normal and abnormal ophthalmologic ...

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