Vitreoretinal eye surgery is an advanced procedure performed deep within the eye’s interior where the retina and vitreous – a jelly-like substance that fills the cavity between the lens of eye and the retina are located. Its purpose is to restore, preserve, and improve your vision for a wide range of conditions, including:
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Floaters and flashes
- Macular holes
- Retina detachments and tears
- Retinitis pigmentosa
- Retinoblastoma (eye cancer)
What to Expect From Vitreoretinal Surgery
During the procedure, your eye is anesthetized numbed and dilated. It is then cleaned with an antiseptic solution and draped with a sterile covering. An eyelid speculum is used to keep your eye open while a protective covering is placed over the area of the eye not being operated on.
Next, the surgeon makes a small incision in the outer membrane of the eye to access the affected area. A microscope and fiber-optic light is inserted to see the eye. The surgeon uses a vitrector or vitrectomy probe to cut the vitreous gel and a suction tool to remove fluid. Depending on your case, the surgeon may insert a silicone-tipped needle to drain infected, cloudy, or bloody fluid or use a laser probe to treat abnormal blood vessels or clots and seal off any retinal injuries, such as holes or tears.
Finally, the surgeon fills the eye with a vitreous substitute and applies an antibiotic ointment to prevent infection before covering the eye.
Vitreoretinal Eye Surgery in Broward & Miami-Dade, FL
Vitreoretinal surgeries performed through Aran Eye Associates have high success rates, with patients experiencing improved vision within a few weeks. To learn more about vitreoretinal surgery in Dade or Broward County, contact Aran Eye Associates at (305) 442-2020. You can also use our convenient Request an Appointment form <link> to arrange a consultation with one of our board-certified physicians.