Vitrectomy is a surgical procedure that is performed in the hospital, as an outpatient. Some common reasons for vitrectomy surgery are for non-clearing vitreous hemorrhage, repair of retinal detachment, epiretinal membranes/ macular holes and retained lens fragments after cataract surgery.
The anesthesia used for this procedure is local to help relax the patient and an injection around the eye is administered for pain. The surgical eye is cleaned and the patient’s face is covered to maintain sterility. A microscope is then placed over the eye and a light helps the surgeon see during the surgery. Multiple small incisions are made to remove the vitreous gel inside the eye. Laser or cryotherapy may be applied and the eye is usually filled with either gas or silicone oil at the end of the procedure. The eye is then patched and shielded. This should not be removed until the next day in the office by the physician. The vision will be blurry one day after surgery and this is normal and to be expected.
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