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What do I need to know before undergoing vitrectomy?

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Your ophthalmologist (an eye specialist) can tell you if there are specific things you need to do to prepare. You can ask:

It’s likely the doctor will look again at your eye before surgery using special tools and a light. They may need to dilate your eyes. They might want to do an ultrasound on your eye to look more closely at your retina.

  • Will I need to stay overnight in a hospital, or will I go home the day of the surgery?
  • Do I need to stop taking certain medications beforehand?
  • Should I avoid food and drinks before surgery, and if so, how long before?
  • What are my anesthesia options?
  • How long do you expect the surgery to take?

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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