Does vision improve after vitrectomy?
As with most medical conditions, the healthier the eye is before surgery, the more likely the eye will heal quickly and the vision will improve. Some patients will note a decrease in vision for a few days following the procedure.
How successful is macular hole surgery?
Anatomic success rates of macular hole surgery have been reported to be up to 89% without ILM peeling and up to 92% to 97% with peeling. This suggests that, despite ILM peeling, 3% to 8% of macular holes will remain persistently open.
How does a gas bubble heal a macular hole?
The vitreous is replaced by natural fluid produced inside the eye. A thin membrane on the surface of the retina surrounding the macular hole is then physically peeled off the retina with a fine forceps (membrane peeling). The eye is then filled with an inert gas which will slowly diffuse out of the eye over 4-6 weeks.
When can you drive after macular hole surgery?
Can I drive after the operation? No – the gas bubble will still be present in your eye for 6–8 weeks after your surgery, so during this time you cannot drive a vehicle of any sort.
How long is vision blurry after vitrectomy?
You might have some pain in your eye and your vision may be blurry for a few days after the surgery. You will need 2 to 4 weeks to recover before you can do your normal activities again. It may take longer for your vision to get back to normal.
Why do I have poor vision after vitrectomy?
The surgery involves making multiple cuts on the whites of the eyes. If these stitches are very close to the cornea, they change its shape causing blurry vision. If the vitrectomy was done to repair a large hole in the retina, the damage to the retina may not fully recover. Such vision loss may persist.
Can I sleep on my side after macular hole surgery?
It is recommended to sleep on either side or even your front, but not sleep on your back as that would make the bubble move away from the macular hole.
How long do I have to stay face down after vitrectomy?
Patients having vitreo-retinal surgery for a macular hole will need to posture face down for 14 days; for other conditions this is only necessary for 5 days.
How long does it take for an air bubble to dissolve after vitrectomy?
Later on, your sight will begin to return. The timing depends on the type of gas used: short-acting gas (SF6) takes 2 to 3 weeks to disappear; long-acting gas (C3F8) takes about 2 months. When the gas bubble is down to half size, you will see a horizontal line across your vision, bobbing up and down with head movement.
Can you see the gas bubble in your eye?
Vision with a Gas Bubble
As the bubble dissipates to about half size you will be able to see a horizontal line across your vision. This is where the gas bubble and your natural fluid (aqueous humor) meet.
Can you watch TV after vitrectomy?
Watching TV and reading will cause no harm. Your vision will remain blurred / poor for several weeks. Often the vision is distorted after surgery. This will vary depending on the type of operation, e.g. if a gas bubble is inserted into the eye, as the bubble shrinks you might see the edge of the bubble.