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.

We offer several surgical procedures related to Victrectomy including,

  • Vitrectomy with gas and laser for repair or rhegmatogenous and tractional retinal detachment
  • Vitrectomy with membrane peeling for epi-retinal membranes, pre-macular fibrosis, proliferative diabetic retinopathy, and tractional retinal detachment repair.
  • Vitrectomy with gas for macular holes.
  • Vitrectomy with laser for non clearing vitreous hemorrhage

Some common reasons for vitrectomy surgery are:

  • Non-clearing vitreous hemorrhage,
  • Repair of retinal detachment,
  • Epiretinal membranes/ macular holes
  • Retained lens fragments after cataract surgery

During Vitrectomy, anesthesia is used to help relax the patient and an injection around the eye is administered.

The surgical eye is cleaned and the patient’s face is covered to maintain sterility.

A microscope is placed over the eye. A bright light helps guide the surgeon see during 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. Vision will be blurry after surgery, this is normal and to be expected.