Vitrectomy is the set of surgical procedures that focus on the vitreous gel from the center of the eye. The procedures are often used to deal with eye trauma, retinal detachment and issues of damage to the associated eye structures.
One of the more common reasons of opting for the procedure is to help give the surgeon a better access to the back of the eye. Usually, vitreous gel takes up all the space in the middle of the eye. Any surgical procedure or examination of the back of the eye could not proceed in the presence of this gel.
The process is very important in treatment of detached retina and similar conditions. It is also the recommended procedure when blood seeps into the vitreous gel and clouds the transparent substance. The presence of blood changes the transparency and refractive nature of the gel.
Risks Of The Procedure
Like every other surgical procedure, vitrectomy carries certain risks. These risks are
- Retinal Detachment
- Bleeding into the vitreous gel
- Fluid Buildup in cornea
- Infection and inflammation
In the hands of a skilled surgeon, the probability of contracting these issues is very minimized.
Vitrectomy For Vitreous Hemorrhage
Vitreous Hemorrhage is the condition in which the presence of blood in the middle of the eye causes partial loss of vision. In these cases, the preferred approach is to perform a vitrectomy rather than wait for the situation to clear up. The procedure is also recommended in conditions where the presence of blood is interfering with repair of retinal tears.