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Vitrectomy Procedures Can Help Restore Better Vision

September 25, 2020

Our eyesight allows us to take in the world around us —and the people, places and things that fill our lives. That’s all the more reason why eye health should not be taken for granted. At the office of Brook Plaza Ophthalmology, our team of ophthalmologists is skilled at diagnosing and treating a wide range of eye conditions with the goal of maintaining the best eyesight possible for each patient.

Two of the most important parts of the eye are the retina (a layer of cells that use light to send visual information to the brain) and the vitreous (a gel-like substance that fills the middle portion of the eye). If problems arise with either the retina or the vitreous, a procedure called a vitrectomy may be needed.

Eye problems treated by vitrectomy:

  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Retinal detachment
  • Vitreous hemorrhage
  • Infection inside your eye
  • Severe eye injury
  • A hole in the central part of your retina (macula)
  • A wrinkle in the central part of your retina
  • Certain problems after cataract surgery

All of these medical conditions can cause vision loss and, if not treated, some can even lead to blindness. During a vitrectomy, the ophthalmologist uses small instruments to cut the vitreous and suction it out, and then performs other needed retinal repairs. In some cases, a vitrectomy can restore lost vision.

After the procedure, patients usually go home the same day. Pain relievers can help ease the discomfort as the eye may feel a little sore and, in some cases, an eye patch may need to be worn for a day or so. Antibiotics might also be prescribed to help prevent infection. 

Committed to maintaining good eye health

At the office of Brook Plaza Ophthalmology, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate eye care for you and your family. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.