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After recovery from vitrectomy for macular pucker and subsequent cataract surgery will a patient be able to wear contact lenses?

After recovery from vitrectomy for macular pucker and subsequent cataract surgery will a patient be able to wear contact lenses?

Contacts after CS: Depending on the type of cataract surgery performed (sutures used or not), the vast majority of patients can use contact lenses after surgery (usually after 1-3months) if needed still after surgery: our goal in most patients is to help them be glasses/contact lenses free. More information at eyedoc2020.blogspot.com ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
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Vitrectomy (Definition)

A vitrectomy operation is a microsurgical procedure performed under a microscope in which the retinal surgeon removes vitreous gel from the back of the eye. A tiny cutting instrument is used as well as a fiberoptic light. . A variety of other instruments, such as a laser may be used, depending on the circumstances. The operation is usually performed under local ...Read more


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My father had a cataract surgery, but some dislocated lens debris has gotten into the vitreous cavity. Will vitrectomy be safe, or does it pose risks?

My father had a cataract surgery, but some dislocated lens debris has gotten into the vitreous cavity. Will vitrectomy be safe, or does it pose risks?

Vitrectomy: Victrectomy is usually safe,but surgical procedures can be accompanied with complications which will be explained by the doctor performing the surgery.The decision to proceed with the procedure is up to the patient after all complications are fully understood. ...Read more

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Both eyes epiretinal membranes & cataracts. Dr said I have option of vitrectomy and cataract removal in both eyes on same day. Is this a good idea?

Both eyes epiretinal membranes & cataracts. Dr said I have option of vitrectomy and cataract removal in both eyes on same day. Is this a good idea?

ERM & Cataracts: Epiretinal membranes (ERM) can affect central vision. Often they do not. If OCT (optical coherence tomography) shows a significant ERM, removal at time of cataract surgery is recommended. If ERM mild, it is ok to remove cataract first: but know pt may need ERM removed in future. ...Read more

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How long before sight returns after catarct and vitrectomy operation on an eye?

How long before sight returns after catarct and vitrectomy operation on an eye?

Depends: The eye usually starts to look and feel better after a couple of weeks. Visual recovery depends on the severity of the underlying retinal disease and what techniques were used during surgery. For example, if gas or oil where used, your recovery might be weeks or months. Hope this helps. Good luck. ...Read more

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When does someone need a vitrectomy?

When does someone need a vitrectomy?

Depends: Vitrectomy is a surgery that involves entering the back of the eye and removing the vitreous. In addition, often membranes are peeled, laser performed, etc. The surgery is appropriate when there is a problem that can be fixed with this approach. Examples include: epiretinal membrane, macular hole, retinal detachment, vitreous hemorrhage, etc. ...Read more

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I want to get a vitrectomy. How safe is it?

I want to get a vitrectomy. How safe is it?

Depends : Most of the time vitrectomy is a safe procedure. It really depends on the reason for the surgery. If you have a complex retinal detachment, the surgery can be more difficult, if it is a surgery to specifically remove vitreous debris such as hemorrhages, it can be much simpler. Remember the risks which can include detachment, bleeding, infection, loss of vision, need for more surgery. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: vitrectomy?

What is the definition or description of: vitrectomy?

Microsurgery: A vitrectomy operation is a microsurgical procedure performed under a microscope in which the retinal surgeon removes vitreous gel from the back of the eye. A tiny cutting instrument is used as well as a fiberoptic light. . A variety of other instruments, such as a laser may be used, depending on the circumstances. The operation is usually performed under local anesthesia as an outpatient. ...Read more

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Had hemmorhage, does this always result in a vitrectomy?

Had hemmorhage, does this always result in a vitrectomy?

No: It depends on the cause and the severity of the cause. Some vitreous hemorrhages clear on their own over time. Some need urgent surgery. Ask you retina specialist. ...Read more

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What can I expect from a vitrectomy surgery?

What can I expect from a vitrectomy surgery?

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. ...Read more

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What is vitrectomy surgery and how is it done?

What is vitrectomy surgery and how is it done?

Microsurgery: It is an outpatient operation in which microscopic instruments are used to remove the vitreous gel and manipulate other tissues. The surgery is done with the patient sedated, lying under a powerful microscope. As you can appreciate from the schematic, operating in that small space requires steady hands. The patient goes home with a patch and drops to help healing. It is usually not painful. ...Read more

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What is the stay like after vitrectomy surgery?

What is the stay like after vitrectomy surgery?

Depends on reason: Vitrectomies are performed for various diagnoses. Some will require positioning restrictions. Call your doctors office and check to see what they recommended for you. Take care. ...Read more

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What is a vitrectomy & retinal peel?

What is a vitrectomy & retinal peel?

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. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about vitrectomy & retinal peel?

Can you tell me about vitrectomy & retinal peel?

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. ...Read more

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Vitrectomy surgery; how can I clean crusty drainage?

Vitrectomy surgery; how can I  clean crusty drainage?

See below: Clean warm compresses used several times a day. Also, you can use a fresh bottle of artificial tear drops. ...Read more

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Vitrectomy surgery; how do you clean crusty drainage?

Vitrectomy surgery; how do you clean crusty drainage?

Eyelid discharge: After any kind of eye surgery can be removed by using a moist tissue or cotton pad. Use this to gently wipe away the crusting from the lids. If the crusting is hard, leave the moist compresses on your eyes for awhile. This will help to soften it up. ...Read more

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How effective is a vitrectomy for treating Marfan syndrome?

How effective is a vitrectomy for treating Marfan syndrome?

Effective: I have attached a study that looked at the success of vitrectomy surgery in people with Marfan's and it had 45 patients with 53 surgeries and listed successful reattachment 86% of the time http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12172108 ...Read more

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How do you clean crusty drainage after a vitrectomy surgery?

How do you clean crusty drainage after a vitrectomy surgery?

Ask retinal surgeon: There should not be a lot of drainage after vitrectomy, and this could be a sign of infection or leakage (rare). So, ask your surgeon about this. Sometimes crusting can also be a residue of postoperative eye drops. Usually a warm compress to the eyelids and gentle cleaning of the external lids can loosen and remove debris. This debris can also harbor bacteria, so it is good to remove it. ...Read more

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Hi I just had a Vitrectomy a few weeks ago. Will this procedure prevent me from lifting weights and working out?

Hi I just had a Vitrectomy a few weeks ago. Will this procedure prevent me from lifting weights and working out?

Slow down: You probably had a vitrectomy for bleeding in the vitreous (perhaps from diabetes?). The procedure itself does not prevent your doing a workout but the underlying process that caused the need for vitrectomy may still be present and that is the limiting factor. Ask your retinal surgeon. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Cataracts (Definition)

Occurs whent here is a clouding (or change in protein composition) of the normally clear lens (which is located behind the pupil and iris) inside the eye. Cataracts are most commonly due to aging, but can be congenital (born with it), due to trauma or uveitis (eye inflammation). Can be worsened by long-term topical steroid ...Read more