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Vitrectomy Detachment Surgery In San Diego, CA

What Is A Vitrectomy Detachment? 

Most of the eye’s interior is filled with a gel-like substance called vitreous. Intertwined in the vitreous are millions of fine fibers that attach to the surface of the retina. The vitreous shrinks as you age, slowly pulling these fibers away from the retinal surface. Vitreous detachment occurs when the fibers break, separating the vitreous from the retina.

Vitreous detachment is more common in people over 50. While not always a vision threatening disorder, it can lead to a macular hole or retinal detachment, which may necessitate treatment to prevent a loss of vision.

At American Eye Associates and California Retina Associates, we offer a wide range of cutting-edge treatments, expert surgical techniques, and the latest diagnostic services that will help you live your most healthy and comfortable life. We are happy to offer ophthalmology services to men and women in San Diego, Chula Vista, and the surrounding areas of Imperial County, California. Contact us to schedule your one-on-one consultation with one of our expert ophthalmologists today.

What is a Vitrectomy?

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Vitrectomy Procedure Like?

The vitreous body is the clear gel substance inside the eye. Vitrectomy is used to remove the vitreous gel from the center of the eye to provide better access to the retina. This allows for the retina to be repaired and any blood or scar tissue to be removed. The vitrectomy procedure is normally performed on an outpatient basis in a hospital or surgery center. Minimal anesthesia is required, and there is very little to no pain.

Once removed, this vitreous gel is replaced with a saline solution, silicone oil, or gas to restore proper pressure in the eye. These solutions also work to reattach or smooth retinal cells that have been puckered, scarred, or detached. Over time, the air or gas bubble that holds the retina in place disappears, and is replaced with normal vitreous gel. Most vitrectomies are performed in conjunction with another procedure, such as laser treatment to address the source of any bleeding.

Postoperative care will include the use of an eye patch to help guard against infection and damage. Optimal results may require laying in a specific position for a short period as well, so that the air or gas bubble will remain in the correct position. While this step is not always necessary, it is often recommended, as laying face-up or in the wrong position can cause pressure on other parts of the eye and lead to complications. One of our vitrectomy doctors will discuss the usefulness of this step during your surgical planning phase.

Initial recovery from vitrectomy typically takes 24 to 48 hours. During this period it is best if you avoid strenuous activities including work. Most normal activities can be resumed within a few days, though full recovery can take several weeks. This will be discussed in greater detail during your initial consultation.

Vitrectomy is an incredibly effective treatment, but may come with risks including corneal edema, infection, and retinal detachment. While rare, these risks are possible and will need to be considered before your procedure.

The ophthalmologists at American Eye Associates and California Eye Associates are highly skilled and internationally recognized for their work with retinal disorders. Every care is taken to prevent complications and to ensure your safety, comfort, and satisfaction at all times while you are in our care.

What Are The Symptoms Of Vitreous Detachment?

Vitreous detachment can cause symptoms such as the appearance of floaters or flashes of light, as well as a grayish curtain appearing at the edges of the visual field.

What Are The Treatments Of Vitreous Detachment?

During your regularly scheduled exams our doctors will examine your eyes for early signs and symptoms of vitreous detachment. During these visits we will be happy to answer any questions you have about this common disorder and to discuss vitreous detachment treatments when appropriate. If the vitreous detachment has torn a hole in the retina, our doctors can use a laser to seal it.

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