At Slingsby & Huot Eye Care Associates, in Rapid City, SD, we offer comprehensive eye care for the entire family. Our services include comprehensive eye exams, vision correction, and surgical procedures.
What Is a Vitrectomy?
A vitrectomy is a type of eye surgery that can treat problems with the retina or vitreous. The vitreous is a gel-like substance that fills the middle part of the eye.
During a vitrectomy, part or all of the vitreous is removed. It's then replaced with saline solution or silicone. The ophthalmologist may also repair the retina or remove scar tissue or a foreign object from the eye.
When Is a Vitrectomy Performed?
A vitrectomy is a type of retinal surgery. It's performed if you have an issue with the retina or vitreous. Diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, scar tissue that affects the retina, hole in the retina, foreign objects in the eye, or severe eye injuries can be treated with this procedure.
Severe eye infections, vitreous hemorrhages, and complications from cataract surgery can also require a vitrectomy.
What To Expect During a Vitrectomy
A vitrectomy is typically an outpatient procedure performed by an eye surgeon. Your ophthalmologist may use a local anesthetic so you won't feel pain during the procedure. You may be given a light sedative to keep you calm and relaxed.
In some cases, general anesthesia is used. This means you'll be asleep throughout the procedure.
The ophthalmologist will make an incision or insert the needed surgical tools into the eye through the sclera, or the white part of the eye. They will use a microscope to view the interior of the eye.
They may remove the vitreous, scar tissue around the retina or a foreign object in the eye. They may move the retina back into its proper position or repair any holes in the retina with a laser. A gas bubble can be inserted to keep the retina in position. This bubble will dissipate on its own as the eye heals. If a silicone oil bubble is used, the bubble will be removed during a future procedure.
Once the procedure is complete, an antibiotic ointment is used. Then, your eye is covered with a patch.
You can typically go home the same day with the eye patch. You'll need someone to drive you home after the procedure. You may be provided with eye drops to help your eye heal and prevent infection.
Vitrectomy at Slingsby & Huot Eye Care Associates
If you need a vitrectomy or other surgical procedure, contact us at Slingsby & Huot Eye Care Associates. We are here for all your eye health needs, from routine eye exams to eye disease management.
Our main office is located in Rapid City, SD. However, we also serve Pierre, Belle Fourche, Spearfish, SD, and Chadron, NE. Call 605-719-9499 today.