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What happens during a vitrectomy surgery?

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A vitrectomy can take anywhere from one to several hours, depending on what condition you’re treating. It may be just one in a series of procedures to repair a problem. You’ll have the option to stay awake and use numbing drops or shots in your eye. Or you might get general anesthesia -- medicine that helps you go to sleep during surgery.

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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