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How do doctors perform vitrectomy?

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To do the procedure, your doctor will:

Once the fluid is gone, your doctor will make any other repairs your eye needs. They might have to inject a gas bubble into your eye to keep your retina in place. The bubble will go away slowly on its own.

  • Make a cut in the outer layer of your eye
  • Cut through the white part of your eye, called the sclera
  • Remove the vitreous fluid with a needle
  • Remove any scar tissue or debris in your eye

From: What Is a Vitrectomy? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Vitrectomy.”

National Eye Institute: “Facts About Macular Hole.”

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “Macular Hole Treatment,” “Vitrectomy Surgery: A Closer Look.”

OHSU Casey Eye Institute: “Vitrectomy Surgery.”

American Society of Retina Specialists: “Vitrectomy.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on October 24, 2017

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Vitrectomy.”

National Eye Institute: “Facts About Macular Hole.”

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “Macular Hole Treatment,” “Vitrectomy Surgery: A Closer Look.”

OHSU Casey Eye Institute: “Vitrectomy Surgery.”

American Society of Retina Specialists: “Vitrectomy.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on October 24, 2017

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