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Recovery time after retinal detachment surgery? Procedure: vitrectomy

Recovery time after retinal detachment surgery? Procedure: vitrectomy

3-8 weeks.: Although less common, a short acting gas bubble in a relatively simple detachment can facilitate a shorter period of face down positioning. Surgeons use gases with different rates of absorption for this purpose. Usually drops continue for between two and four weeks, depending on situation. Finally, silicon oil can be used and no positioning at all is required but the oil must be removed. ...Read more

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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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Can I take eyebright herb after vitrectomy surgery to speed up recovery? I had vitreous hemorrhage and concerned about taking things that cause bleeds

Can I take eyebright herb after vitrectomy surgery to speed up recovery? I had vitreous hemorrhage and concerned about taking things that cause bleeds

Not effective: Eyebright is a wonderfully named product with no proven effect. You can take it without fear of risk but don't expect any results that are positive for this untested product. ...Read more

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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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How many times can you have a Vitrectomy surgery done on your eye? My doctor said it can be done up to 3 to 5 times, Is he right?

How many times can you have a Vitrectomy surgery done on your eye? My doctor said it can be done up to 3 to 5 times, Is he right?

Usually once: A vitrectomy removes the vitreous gel in the eye and replaces it with saline. Once it is removed it does not reform. Therefore a vitrectomy would typically be performed only once unless the original was subtotal. ...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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I need to know what is vitrectomy surgery and how is it performed?

I need to know what is vitrectomy surgery and how is it performed?

See below: Pars plana vitrectomy (ppv) is performed using small instruments that pass through the white of the eye (scleral). The vitrector cuts up and aspirates the vitreous jelly. This allows access by the surgeon to the underlying retina for therapeutic surgical maneuvers like membrane peeling, laser application, and/or gas/oil tamponade depending on the diagnosis needing surgery. ...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?

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 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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How long is the hospital stay after vitrectomy surgery?

How long is the hospital stay after vitrectomy surgery?

None: Vitrectomies are usually done as outpatient surgery requiring no hospital stay. ...Read more

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Can I smoke marijuana after vitrectomy surgery?

Can I smoke marijuana after vitrectomy surgery?

Yes: There is no interaction between this type of surgery and the causes for this type of surgery, and inhaling marijuana. Be sure that you are in a situation where the eye is protected from the smoke (good ventilation) and your eye is physically protected from possible injury. ...Read more

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Would it be okay for my dad to have another pvr eye surgery after vitrectomy?

Would it be okay for my dad to have another pvr eye surgery after vitrectomy?

Common for PVR: Pvr is the most common cause of failure for retinal detachment surgery. Some patients have a very active healing response which creates scar tissue that pulls the retina back off. Once pvr occurs, it needs to be treated with vitrectomy and possibly a buckle and silicone oil. It is possible that multiple surgeries will be needed to stabilize the retina. ...Read more

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What are the complications associated with vitrectomy eye surgery?

What are the complications associated with vitrectomy eye surgery?

Discuss w/ Retina MD: The most common complication from a vitrectomy is progression of cataract. At your age of 44, that may not be a major factor. Other risks that occur less than 5% of the time are retinal detachment, and bleeding. Post-operative infections from vitrectomies are rare. Depending on what the underlying condition is that you have, there may be a risk of disease progression and need for further surgery. ...Read more

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How long until you read after a retinal detachment surgery? Surgery : vitrectomy

How long until you read after a retinal detachment surgery? Surgery : vitrectomy

1-8 weeks.: Although less common, a short acting gas bubble in a relatively simple detachment can facilitate a shorter period of face down positioning. Silicon oil can be used instead of gas and no positioning at all is required but the oil must be removed. While face down, you can use your other eye to read. ...Read more

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When will I be able to read after a retinal detachment surgery? Procedure : vitrectomy

Depends!: On how extensive the retinal detachment and repair was. Your reading vision may never return, but if all goes well you should start seeing better and possibly be able toread with that eye 45-90 days following the surgery. It may be longer, and you may need subsequent surgeries as well (cataract). ...Read more

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Will my eyes be as beautiful as it is now after vitrectomy or scleral buckle or any other surgery? Will there be any changes in the shape of the eye?

Will my eyes be as beautiful as it is now after vitrectomy or scleral buckle or any other surgery? Will there be any changes in the shape of the eye?

Not much change: Your eye most likely remain the same and beautiful. Vitrectomy will not change the shape or correction of your eye. You may have redness for a few weeks which will go away with drops and healing. Scleral buckle changes the eye's diameter to about 1 mm. But, it may not effect the external look of the eye. It will change the correction of the eye to become myopic. ...Read more

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Vitrectomy for epiretinal membrane. As vision improves over 4-6 mos., can prescription be adjusted so I can see well enough to do my job 1-2 weeks after surgery?

Vitrectomy for epiretinal membrane. As vision improves over 4-6 mos., can prescription be adjusted so I can see well enough to do my job 1-2 weeks after surgery?

Probably not: The recovery of vision depends on the film in the back of the eye resting back to its original position. The epiretinal membrane distorted retina and it will take some time for the retina to recover. Regardless of what lens you have in front of your eyes, the film won't work any better to capture a better image. ...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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Vitrectomy eye surgery if macula hole retinal detachment?

Vitrectomy eye surgery if macula hole retinal detachment?

Yes: Most common procedure to repair a retinal detachment resulting from a macular hole is a vitrectomy (remove the fluids from the back of the eyeball), replace it with a gas, and position the patient face down for some period of time (sometimes weeks) to allow the hole to close and the detachment to resolve. Most macular holes do not cause a detached retina, but many require a similar operation. ...Read more

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What is recovery time after a "vitrectomy" for eye?

What is recovery time after a "vitrectomy" for eye?

Depends: This depends on what the vitrectomy is for. For example, if it is for floaters recovery might only take a week. If it is for a retinal membrane peel or retinal detachment repair it might take a month or more. ...Read more

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After vitrectomy for macular pucker, how does the patient function in daily living activities during the recovery process.?

After vitrectomy for macular pucker, how does the patient function in daily living activities during the recovery process.?

Post surgery: You should receive specific instructions from your doctor and follow them very closely. Report to your doctor asap. ...Read more

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How many times can you have a vitrectomy?

How many times can you have a vitrectomy?

Depends: The vitreous gel structure is usually completely removed in total vitrectomy. It does not "regenerate". However, depending on the reasons for the 1st procedure. Repat surgeries are sometimes required to remove "peel" secondary scar tissue or inject various intraocular therapies. A challenging question ; best discussed with your surgeon as he knows your case. ...Read more

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Why do I still get floaters 6mths after RD vitrectomy? Go long time without, then new one crosses sight &vanishes. No new retinal tears found so far

Why do I still get floaters 6mths after RD vitrectomy? Go long time without, then new one crosses sight &vanishes. No new retinal tears found so far

Floaters: Floaters may continue for years after RD with Vitrectomy which is very frustrating. The most important this is that there is not a new hole, tear or RD. Keep in contact with your eyeMD if the floaters worsen, new flashing lights, or you see a black curtain coming over your vision. ...Read more