Some of the more common conditions that are treated include retinal detachments, diabetic retinopathy, macular hole, complications from cataract surgery and infections inside the eye.
The length of the vitrectomy depends on the problem you have.
Time for surgery can be from 30 minutes to over 3 hours.
Is vitrectomy major surgery?
Vitrectomy surgeries involve the removal and replacement of some or all of the vitreous humor or fluid from the eye. The procedure is considered very successful and is often done as part of other eye surgeries.
How long does it take to clear vision after vitrectomy?
You might have some pain in your eye and your vision may be blurry for a few days after the surgery. You will need 2 to 4 weeks to recover before you can do your normal activities again. It may take longer for your vision to get back to normal.
Can a vitrectomy be done twice?
A vitrectomy is a type of eye surgery to treat various problems with the retina and vitreous. During the surgery, your surgeon removes the vitreous and replaces it with another solution. Scar tissue in your vitreous can also displace or tear your retina. All of this can impair vision.
Are you awake during vitrectomy?
Vitrectomy is typically performed under local (injection) anesthesia, with sedation. In other words, the patient is awake during the procedure, but does not feel pain or see the procedure being performed.