What happens during a vitrectomy?
During vitrectomy, your surgeon (an eye doctor called an ophthalmologist) uses small instruments to cut the vitreous and suction it out. Then your eye doctor does any other needed repairs, like repairing a hole in your retina.
What happens after vitrectomy eye surgery?
After the surgery, your eye may be swollen, red, or tender for several weeks. You might have some pain in your eye and your vision may be blurry for a few days after the surgery. You will need 2 to 4 weeks to recover before you can do your normal activities again.
Why would a vitrectomy be performed with this procedure?
Vitrectomy procedures are often done to allow surgeons access to the back of the eye, during operations for retinal conditions. It is also commonly done to drain vitreous fluid that has become cloudy or bloody, or filled with floaters or clumps of tissue.
What does a vitrectomy fix?
Vitrectomy is a surgical procedure undertaken by a specialist where the vitreous humor gel that fills the eye cavity is removed to provide better access to the retina. This allows for a variety of repairs, including the removal of scar tissue, laser repair of retinal detachments and treatment of macular holes.
What do you need to know about vitrectomy surgery?
Ask your eye doctor what you need to do to prepare for vitrectomy surgery. Ask whether you need to stop taking any medicines before the procedure. You will need to avoid eating anything after the midnight before your surgery. Your eye doctor may want to use special instruments to shine a light in your eye and examine your retina.
Can a dislocated lens be removed with a vitrectomy?
A dislocated lens: occasionally during cataract surgery the natural lens of the eye (or part of) falls into the vitreous cavity causing inflammation and high eye pressure. The dislocated lens can be removed by a vitrectomy. Macular hole: a hole in the centre of the retina, which causes loss of reading and detailed vision.
When to have a vitreous retinal surgery?
If you have an eye condition that causes problems with your retina (the light-sensitive layer of tissue at the back of your eye) or vitreous (the gel-like fluid that fills your eye), your eye doctor may recommend a type of surgery called vitrectomy. What eye conditions does vitrectomy treat?
Do you need to stop taking medicines before a vitrectomy?
Ask whether you need to stop taking any medicines before the procedure. You will need to avoid eating anything after the midnight before your surgery. Your eye doctor may want to use special instruments to shine a light in your eye and examine your retina. You may need to have your eyes dilated for your eye exam.
Can a vitrectomy be performed on the retina?
Vitrectomy may also be performed to gain better access to the retina. In order to surgically repair a hole in the retina, for example, an ophthalmologist may remove the vitreous first, make the repair in the retina, and then complete the vitrectomy. Vitrectomies can be performed to treat various eye conditions, including:
What are the risks of a vitrectomy procedure?
What Are the Risks? It’s a type of eye operation. A doctor removes the vitreous, a jelly-like fluid inside your eye, and replaces it with a saline solution. Why Do You Get It? For you to see, light has to pass through your eye and reach your retina, the bundle of tissue at the back of your eye that senses light.
When was the pars plana vitrectomy first performed?
Pars plana vitrectomy is the removal of some or all of the vitreous from deeper within the eye. This procedure was developed in the early 1970s as a way to remove vitreous gel that had become clouded, usually by blood.
What kind of surgery is the Anterior vitrectomy?
Anterior vitrectomy involves the removal of small amounts of the vitreous from the anterior, or front part of the eye. Pars plana vitrectomy is the removal of some or all of the vitreous from deeper within the eye.