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Why do I need a vitrectomy?

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Various diseases can cause fluid in the vitreous to cloud, fill with blood or debris, harden, or scar. This can keep light from reaching your retina properly and cause vision trouble. Removing and replacing the fluid may solve or improve the problem.

Sometimes the retina pulls away from the tissue around it. Your doctor could do a vitrectomy to make it easier to get to your retina and repair it.

It can also give your doctor access to your macula, which lies at the center of your retina and provides sharp central vision. A hole in it can result in blurry vision. With the vitreous fluid gone, it’s easier to fix.

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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