Vitreoretinal surgery is required to fix many of the diseases of the retina, macula, and vitreous fluid of the eye. Eye diseases that may need surgical treatment include retinal detachments, epiretinal membranes, macular holes, vitreous floaters, and diabetic vitreous hemorrhages. Vitreoretinal surgery is a group of procedures performed inside the eye, or around the eye. If you are considering surgery, you must always consider the risks, benefits, and alternatives of surgery. While risks do exist for vitreoretinal surgery it is sometimes the best and only option for the patient. The vitreoretinal surgeons at New Vision Eye Center have acquired specialized 2-year surgical training in utilizing cutting-edge surgical techniques to benefit our patients. Vitreoretinal surgeries are day surgeries that do not require hospitalization, and most patients require minimal time to recover. The vitreoretinal surgeons and staff at New Vision Eye Center will provide you with as much information as possible to help you, the patient, make an educated decision about surgery.
A vitrectomy is a type of vitreoretinal surgery, and is the most commonly performed surgery done by a vitreoretinal surgeon. A vitrectomy surgery involves removing the natural vitreous fluid of the eye and replacing it with medical grade saline liquid, gas, or silicone oil. At New Vision Eye Center we use the latest microsurgical techniques by using three very small (microscopic) openings at the sides of the eyeball. These openings allow microsurgical instruments access to the inside of the eyeball to remove the vitreous gel and place medical grade gas or silicone oil, if needed. By using small instruments patients have quick recovery times and little to no discomfort during the surgery. Vitrectomies are typically successful in improving a patient’s vision that has decreased due to the retinal disease process.
If you require surgery for retinal detachment, we can offer our patients four treatment options:
A macular hole is absent retinal tissue at the center of your vision. This type of disease can cause decreased vision making it difficult to read and accomplish tasks that require fine detail. A vitrectomy surgery with removal of the vitreous gel and insertion of a gas bubble may help the retinal tissue fill into the absent space improving vision.
A diabetic vitreous hemorrhage is when leaking blood vessels from uncontrolled systemic diabetes bleed into the center of the eye, called the vitreous cavity. This bleeding in the eye can cause a decrease in vision or multiple objects to appear in your vision. If the bleeding is severe enough and does not go away on its own then the blood may need to be removed by a vitrectomy surgery.
If surgery for retinal detachment is recommended, you should be aware that as with any surgical procedure, rare complications can occur, including infection, bleeding, recurrence of the epiretinal membrane, and earlier onset of cataracts. No two patients have the same needs and no single treatment is ideal for every condition. Our vitreoretinal surgeons and staff will work closely with you, detecting your specific vision problems, and tailoring your treatment plan to help ensure optimal vision.
If you experience any of the above symptoms, or need to schedule an eye exam, contact our World-Class Eye Care™ office today!