vitrectomy

This is a surgery to remove the vitreous fluid from the back of the eye and replace it with saline water. This procedure is performed by a retinal specialist and is commonly performed to help repair retinal detachments.  Vitrectomy is also used to remove blood from a vitreous hemorrhage and as part of membrane peel surgery for epiretinal membranes and macular holes. This surgery used to take many hours to perform, but with modern techniques and shrinking instrumentation, it is becoming faster and less traumatic.

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Dr. Timothy Root is a practicing ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon in Daytona Beach, Florida. His books, video lectures, and training resources can be found at:

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