What Should I Do After Vitrectomy Surgery?

If an oil bubble is used, you will need another surgery to remove the oil after the eye has healed.

After the surgery, your eye may be swollen, red, or tender for several weeks.

You might have some pain in your eye and your vision may be blurry for a few days after the surgery.

How long does it take to recover from a vitrectomy?

4 to 6 weeks

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.

How do you lay your face down after eye surgery?

The four common postoperative surgical positions are:

  • Upright. Keep your head upright. Do not lay on either side or look up.
  • Face down. Look down towards the floor.
  • Left side down. Position your head with your left ear tilted towards to floor.
  • Right side down. Position your head with your right ear tilted towards to floor.

Why do you have to lie face down after eye surgery?

This bubble holds the retina in place as it reattaches to the back of your eye. You may have to keep your head face down (parallel to the ground or to the side) for up to several weeks after surgery so the bubble will be in the right position. With time, the bubble disappears and is replaced with your normal eye fluid.