The vast majority of cataract surgeries are completed without incident with outstanding outcomes. While it is very rare, complications can happen. When they do, it’s vital that the surgeon knows how to react and repair the damage quickly. Some cases may require an anterior vitrectomy. While there may be situations where the procedure is planned, it is usually not. When it’s needed, the surgeon must act fast to improve the patient’s outcome.
What Is the Vitreous?
The vitreous is a gel-like material that fills the eye’s interior. It’s made of 98% to 99% water and houses a network of collagen bundles. It allows the eye to maintain its round shape. Intertwined fibers within this area are connected to the retina.
What Is Anterior Vitrectomy?
The term vitrectomy describes surgery that is used to remove some or all of the vitreous humor from an eye. Anterior vitrectomy focuses on removal of vitreous humor from front structures in the eye. This is done because they have become entangled within an intraocular lens or other parts.
How Long Does an Anterior Vitrectomy Take?
The total duration of the procedure may vary depending on the individual situation. Some may be completed in as little as 30 minutes while others could take more than three hours. Your surgeon can provide a time estimate.
Complications of Vitrectomy
Most patients should see positive results after a vitrectomy. Problems during surgery can lead to complications like drooping eyelid, mild bleeding, increased eye pressure, double vision, and dilated pupil.
Will My Vision Improve?
Every patient is different, which means results may vary. If you have questions about a procedure or the risks of cataract or any other eye surgery, contact Eye Michigan at our Southeast Michigan ophthalmologist office to schedule an appointment.
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