A vitrectomy is a retina-specific surgery that is performed on an outpatient basis and involves the removal of the vitreous gel within the eye in order to repair an injury. During the procedure, a gas bubble or silicone oil bubble is placed into the eye to hold the retina flat during healing. Our ophthalmologists at Eye Health Vision Centers use incredible precaution and precision to perform this surgery, which may require a secondary surgery to remove the silicone gel after your recovery. We pride ourselves on providing comprehensive diagnosis and proven solutions for a multitude of eye conditions. Contact our Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Fall River, or Taunton, MA or Middletown, RI location to find out if you are a candidate for a vitrectomy.
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Following a series of eye examinations and less invasive treatment methods, Eye Health Vision Centers may perform a vitrectomy to treat or repair:
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Retinal detachment
- Vitreous hemorrhage
- Infection inside your eye
- Severe eye injury
- A hole in the central part of your retina (macula)
- A wrinkle in the central part of your retina
- Certain problems after cataract surgery
Vitrectomy procedures are performed at our Dartmouth, MA facility or at the New Bedford Surgicenter. Your ophthalmologist will perform your vitrectomy using numbing eye drops and possible IV or general anesthesia, depending on the circumstance. You will also be monitored with an IV, an EKG, and oxygen and blood pressure sensors during the procedure. Once you are anesthetized and comfortable, your surgeon will clean your eyes with an antiseptic solution and use an eyelid speculum to hold the eye open. Using microscopic, specialized instruments, your surgeon will remove the vitreous gel from your eye, repair retinal tears or detachments, seal off holes, and perform any additional repairs before inserting a silicone gel or air bubble and patching the eye for healing.
Before and after your surgery, our team will work closely with you to ensure you understand aftercare and follow-up instructions. You will need to sleep upright after your surgery so the necessary pressure can be placed on the retina via the silicone or air bubble. Upright sleeping chairs can be rented if need be. We will also schedule your follow-up appointments before you leave to return home. It is important that you keep these appointments and attend each one so that our team can monitor your healing.
Do not allow a retinal injury to damage your vision. You do have options, and we can help at Eye Health Vision Centers. Our team is comprised of world-class ophthalmologists who have the experience and expertise to treat your unique case with supreme compassion. Schedule today with one of our greater South Coast-area facilities to begin your treatment with a comprehensive eye exam and detailed treatment plan. We look forward to exceeding your expectations.