“Vitrectomy” is a surgical procedure performed by a retina specialist to remove the vitreous in the eye and treat diseases of the retina. Vitrectomy is commonly performed to treat retinal detachments, severe bleeding in the eye, macular holes and macular puckers.
Vitrectomy involves placing small instruments into the eye. For most patients, vitrectomy can be formed under local or “twilight” anesthesia, where the patient is sedated and the eye is completely anesthetized to eliminate any pain or discomfort. Vitrectomy is usually an outpatient procedure.
All of our retina specialize in “small-incision” vitrectomy, where the surgical instruments used are very small and do not require stitches. Small incision surgery has the added benefit of shorter surgery times and quicker recovery following surgery.