This is an operation that may be done when a haemorrhage does not clear within several weeks, or when the person has advanced proliferative retinopathy, or when the retina detaches or peels away from its underlying tissue. This surgery may restore useful vision but it is a major procedure and you need to discuss how well it may work with your eye specialist.
What’s the procedure?
During this operation the vitreous, which gives shape and support to the back of the eye, is surgically removed and replaced with a clear substance.
This operation is usually done under general anaesthetic, requiring a stay in hospital. The outcome depends on a number of factors. The best person to advise you on your suitability for this or any other eye treatment is your eye specialist.
Are there any side effects?
You may find your vision is blurred for several weeks. It’s quite common for your eyes to be sensitive, swollen or red following the operation.
Reviewed: March 2011
Next review: September 2012