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A vitrectomy is a surgical procedure, where the vitreous is removed from the eye. There are many different eye conditions that can be treated with a vitrectomy, including:

  • Vitreous hemorrhage
  • Proliferative diabetic retinopathy
  • Retinal detachment
  • Macular pucker
  • Macular hole
  • Symptomatic floaters
  • Complications of cataract surgery
  • Traumatic cataract
  • Intraocular foreign body

More information about some of these conditions can be found in the Education section.

Vitrectomies are performed in an operating room. Local anesthesia (where the patient is awake but sedated) is usually utilized, although general anesthesia can be done as well. The surgery itself is done through a surgical microscope using small instruments that cut and aspirate the vitreous from the eye. Depending on the eye condition, additional procedures are done during the surgery. As the range and severity of conditions are quite wide, the length of the surgery and visual outcome is highly variable as well. Depending on the kind of vitrectomy performed, positioning of the head for about 7-10 days may be required. After the surgery the eye is closely monitored, and eye drops are required for 10-14 days period of time to aid in t