Our eyes are not immune from the effects of aging. As we get older, our eyesight tends to become worse, and in some cases, we develop “floaters.” These obstructions can be annoying to see but can be removed with a vitrectomy procedure. This simple operation can be done as part of cataract surgery or as a stand-alone. If you’re interested, schedule an evaluation at one of our Texas offices today.
What Is a Vitrectomy?
A vitrectomy is a procedure that removes the vitreous gel from the center of your eye. As we get older, debris and other obstructions can disrupt the clarity of this gel. Therefore, having it removed can reduce floaters and improve your vision. This procedure is typically done during cataract surgery. If needed as a stand-alone operation, we can provide you with a referral.
What Does a Vitrectomy Address?
Obstructions can occur for a number of reasons, and this procedure can clear them up. A vitrectomy is often done if you struggle with the following issues:
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Vitreous hemorrhage
- An eye infection
- Retinal detachment
- A severe eye injury
- A hole in the central part of your retina (macula)
- A wrinkle in the central part of your retina
- Cataract surgery complications
What Does This Procedure Involve?
The procedure is done under monitored anesthesia care (MAC). During a vitrectomy, an incision is made in the outer layer of the eye. Then, a small cut is made in the sclera (the white part of the eye). The vitreous gel is removed along with any foreign material through the opening. At this time, other repairs may be made to the eye if needed.
Here at Paragon Eye Associates, we perform this procedure as part of cataract surgery. In the end, the surgical incision is stitched if necessary. An antibiotic ointment may be provided to prevent infection.
Vitrectomy Procedures in Arlington and Mansfield, Texas
If you struggle with floaters, we can provide you with an evaluation and referral for treatment. To schedule an eye exam, simply fill out the form below. You can also get in touch over the phone by dialing (817) 277-6433 for our Arlington office or (817) 477-0223 for our Mansfield office.