for Retinal Detachment
Vitrectomy is currently the standard technique for treating
most retinal detachments. It involves creating 3 little holes
on the sclera (white of the eye) through which 3 different
instruments are put through. It allows for the removal of
the vitreous gel inside the eye, after which we identify where
the holes in the retina are. The holes are then treated with
either freezing treatment or laser. A bubble of gas is then
placed inside the eye to help push the retina in its place.
This bubble of gas is then gradually absorbed by the eye,
a process that takes some weeks. During this time the vision
will be very blurry. Occasionally, we have to use oil inside
the eye to help the retina stay in its place. The oil is then
removed after a few months, a process that requires another
operation. Sometimes we leave the oil in the eye, usually
when the surgeon feels that removing it may cause the retina
to detach again.
Following the operation drops are used for a few weeks to
reduce the inflammation in the eye. Regular post-operative
check-ups are required to ensure a good outcome.