Vitrectomy surgery is a precise microsurgical procedure that is used to treat a wide range of retinal conditions, including diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, macular conditions, and vitreous hemorrhage. It is performed by making very small incisions into the sclera (i.e. the white part of the eye) and removing the vitreous humor, which is the gel-like fluid that fills the eye. This procedure is performed because either the vitreous humor has an excessive amount of blood in it or to allow a vitreoretinal surgeon to have better access to whatever part of the eye requires corrective care. In some cases, a gas or oil bubble may be injected into the eye following the procedure so that the eye can retain its shape as it heals.
Recovery after a vitrectomy procedure may take several weeks or months for the eye to fully heal and achieve the best levels of vision. During this time, patients must typically avoid situations that are at higher altitudes (e.g. flying) and/or maintain their heads in a specific position.
Vitrectomy Surgery in North Carolina
The retina specialists of North Carolina Retina Associates have extensive experience performing vitrectomy procedures for the full spectrum of retinal conditions.