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A 34-year-old member asked:

what is a vitrectomy & retinal peel?

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Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Removal...: ...Of the gel of the eye (the vitreous) and peeling of membranes off the retina.
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Retinal Surgery 19 years experience
See below: Pars plans vitrectomy (ppv) is the removal of the vitreous jelly from the inside of the eye. This allows access of micro-instruments like picks and forceps to remove any abnormal membranes that are growing on the surface of the retina and causing pathology such as macular pucker, macular hole, retinal detachment etc. The eye fills the void with aqueous fluid which it is always creating.
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 32 years experience
Microsurgery: It is an outpatient operation to scrape off scar tissue which is distorting or wrinkling the retinal surface. Membranes on the retina can cause distorted vision, retinal holes and detachments. Usually the surgery is done with the patient sedated, lying under a powerful microscope. The surgeon uses miniature instruments to remove the vitreous gel and scrape the scar tissue off.

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What is the retina?

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Sensorineural tissue: The retina lines the inside of the back wall of the eye and is responsible for capturing light, just like film in a camera. The retina converts this light information into electrical signals that get transmitted along the optic nerve to the brain for interpretation as vision. Similar to brain and spinal chord tissue, the retina is not able to regenerate itself after damage or injury.
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What is a retinal disorder?

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A 27-year-old member asked:

How does a tear in the retina occur?

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Dr. Ron Jones
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Myopia primary cause: Most commonly due to myopia where the eyeball is longer than usual and stretches the retina until it tears. Can also occur due to a consequence of surgery or diseased blood vessels in the retina (diabetes) which pulls the retina. The least common cause is injury.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What can I expect from a vitrectomy surgery?

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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Less floaters: Vitrectomy is performed to remove blood or repair a retinal detachment. These conditions tend to present as floaters and decreased vision. Although the vision may remain blurred for days or weeks after surgery, floaters should be gone and ultimately three vision should be better.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me about vitrectomy & retinal peel?

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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Retinal Surgery 19 years experience
See below: Pars plana vitrectomy (ppv) is performed by using small instruments that pass through the white of the eye (sclera). The vitrector is used to cut up and aspirate the vitreous jelly. This allows the surgeon access to the retinal surface to do things like peel membranes with other instruments that should not be on the surface of the retina.

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