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Vitrectomy is a surgical procedure to treat retina and vitreous disorders. This procedure includes the removal of vitreous from the eyes and replacing it with a saline-like solution. Vitreous is the clear, jelly-like substance that fills the inside of the eye.
This surgery is performed to improve vision by removing blood, debris or scar tissue that may be blocking clear vision.
In early stages of development of macular holes, there is a slight distortion or blurriness in the vision. In some cases, straight lines or objects can begin to look bent. Reading and performing other routine tasks with the affected eye become difficult.
Macular holes may be developed due to
The doctor will recommend to stop consuming blood thinners, at least 5 days before the surgery.
The surgery is performed by an experienced opthalmologist, uncer local or general anesthesia. It may last from an hour to several hours, depending on the case.
Vitrectomy is a minimal invasive surgery that involves minute incisions in the white part of the eye (called sclera). The doctor then removes any debris or scar tissue that may be causing obstruction in vision.
The doctor may inject a air bubble that will help keep the retina is place or the doctor may inject a special liquid substance – which may be later removed through another surgery.
Generally, the patient is discharged in a day.
The doctor may recommend:
Vitrectomy may cause the following complications: