Vitreo-Retinal
Surgery

(Vitrectomy)

Vitreo-Retinal Surgery (Vitrectomy)

Introduction

Vitrectomy refers to a surgical procedure that removes the jelly-like structure inside the eye known as the vitreous. The surgery aims to:

  • Remove and clean blood within the eye
  • Reattach detached retina
  • Repair wrinkled tissues on the retina
  • Remove foreign object inside the eye from ocular injury

Procedure

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The eye is numbed with anaesthetic measures.

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An opening is made on the sclera, i.e. the white part of the eyeball.

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The surgery starts*

*The surgeon will use a few instruments to either:

  • Remove the hazy vitreous
  • Remove any scar tissues on the retina
  • Remove any lens material or foreign objects
  • Reattach the retina against the wall of the eye
  • Apply laser to repair any tear on the retina
  • Place any means of tamponade; either air, gas bubble or silicone oil – the aim is to keep the retina attached against the wall of the eye

*Your vital signs will be monitored to ensure everything is going on safely.

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