Vitrectomy

The eye is filled with a jelly-like substance called the vitreous gel that helps maintain its shape. Vitrectomy is a procedure that involves removing the vitreous gel and replacing it with a clear fluid that is similar to the fluid produced in the eye. The eye may sometimes be filled with a temporary special gas, heavy liquid or silicone oil depending on the disorder.

Vitrectomy is keyhole microsurgery and using the 23 gauge suture-less technique, this type of surgery does not involve any stitches in the eye. This means that there is less conjunctival scarring, less discomfort to the eye and faster recovery. Our surgeons have expertise in the latest surgical techniques including 23 gauge suture-less vitrectomy using the Alcon Constellation system. The Alcon Constellation system allows high cut rate, small gauge instruments, improved intraoperative fluidic management and integrated intraoperative 532nm laser to ensure optimal outcomes particularly in complex vitreoretinal cases.

For most people, no treatment is necessary. However, if the vitreous gel pulls tears or holes in the retina, this can be sight-threatening and can lead to blindness without treatment. Retinal holes or tears can be treated by Thermal Laser Surgery which reduces the risk of retinal detachment. Anyone who has presented with a sudden increase in the number of floaters in their vision should have this checked as this may indicate a serious problem.

Vitrectomy is used to treat a number of retinal conditions including:

  • Retinal Detachment
  • Macular Hole
  • Epiretinal Membrane
  • Vitreomacular Traction Syndrome (VMTS)
  • Severe Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Vitreous Haemorrhage
  • Vitreous Opacities