Retinal Surgery (Vitrectomy)
Retinal surgery (also called a vitrectomy) is a procedure used to treat various problems with the retina and vitreous.
The retina is a layer of tissue at the back of the eye that collects and processes visual information while the vitreous is a gel-like substance between the lens of the eye and the retina. During the procedure, your ophthalmologist will remove the vitreous, allowing for better access to your retina.
There are many different reasons why your eye doctor may perform a vitrectomy. If you want to learn more about your options for retinal surgery, contact your ophthalmologist at Wilkinson Eye Center.
What Is Retinal Surgery Used For?
Retinal surgery is used for a wide range of conditions. If you suffer from one or more of the following issues, your ophthalmologist may recommend a vitrectomy:
- Severe eye injury
- Retinal detachment
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Cataract surgery complications
- Dislodged lens
- Inflammation of the eye
- Certain kinds of eye infections
- Lymphoma of the eye
- Diagnostic needs
Types Of Retinal Surgery
There are two basic types of retinal surgery or vitrectomy. The vitreous of the eye is composed of front and back segments. The two types of retinal surgery are differentiated by where it takes place in the eye.
Posterior in this term refers to the back of the eye. This type of retinal surgery is one or more procedures done at the back of the eye. This is the most common type of retinal surgery that is done.
Anterior simply refers to the front of the eye. This type of retinal surgery is done when a certain condition or problem causes liquid to emit from the pupil of an eye. This may be due to trauma of the eye, problems with the eye’s lens, or as a complication during glaucoma or cataract surgery.
Am I A Candidate For Retinal Surgery?
Before undergoing retinal surgery, you will have a thorough eye exam. Your overall health will also be assessed via a urinalysis and blood tests. If you meet the conditions, you may be recommended to have retinal surgery to correct whatever problem is concerning you and your ophthalmologist.
If you are looking for more information about whether a vitrectomy may be right for you, contact your ophthalmologist at Wilkinson Eye Center.