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Vitrectomy
Nov 20, 2006
After doing a search for all Vitrectomy threads, learning that sutures are required, I still have some questions, please.

How many had a gas bubble,for how long, or what alternative, and how many had face-down healing, and for how long?

How do you know when retina detachment is happening due to scars pulling on the retina? New Floaters? Pain?

I've just had cataract surgery almost 6 mo. ago, went from 20/800 to 20/200, can just see the big E, in my worst eye, had let it go too long before getting retinopathy laser procedures and kennalog injections. But there's quite a bit of peripheral vision remaining. So that my prescriptions are always too strong, because they test reading and you're not always reading I suppose, rather than from being tense and the room being dark.

Today I was having my hair highlighted, and the girl made the dryer so hot my glasses frames were starting to burn me and I had to take them off, and scoot way down in my chair for fear my acrylic lens implants might get melted into the capsule or something like that. She also burned my ear with the hand-held dryer or drier so that I jumped. I don't know what was her problem. I don't remember having been roasted before so I don't think things had to be that hot. Would have asked her to turn it down if I'd known she was going to burn me afterwards with the hand blow-dry thing too.

So I've had some of those spider-web thin floaters in my worst eye since coming home, but a couple of hours later maybe they're getting better. I don't suppose I need to rush my appointment with the retina specialist that I have in a few days.

Isn't it best to be prepared even if you never need a vitrectomy, by finding someone who doesn't use face-down? Wouldn't that be horrible? And to look for someone who does the yag procedure right in the office? I'm told I do need that.

If your eyeball is slightly out of shape due to the scars and cataract surgery but they don't want to take a chance on refractive for the astigmatism, and you eventually need a vitrectomy, would that take care of everything, the capsular clouding too, the yag? I'm told they make a hole a little larger than your pupil, behind it. Anyone had this done and can you tell us all about it?

We'll probably be getting new people who're about to have some of these procedures and these threads should help.

Jodie, Cher, and SeriousPerson, are all of you doing okay now? Hellas, can you see, with no IOL, which you couldn't have because of your age at the time? You were too young?
Re: Vitrectomy
Nov 20, 2006
[QUOTE=Eagle]After doing a search for all Vitrectomy threads, learning that sutures are required, I still have some questions, please.
How many had a gas bubble,for how long, or what alternative, and how many had face-down healing, and for how long?
How do you know when retina detachment is happening due to scars pulling on the retina? New Floaters? Pain?
Isn't it best to be prepared even if you never need a vitrectomy, by finding someone who doesn't use face-down? Wouldn't that be horrible? And to look for someone who does the yag procedure right in the office? I'm told I do need that.
If your eyeball is slightly out of shape due to the scars and cataract surgery but they don't want to take a chance on refractive for the astigmatism, and you eventually need a vitrectomy, would that take care of everything, the capsular clouding too, the yag? I'm told they make a hole a little larger than your pupil, behind it. Anyone had this done and can you tell us all about it?
We'll probably be getting new people who're about to have some of these procedures and these threads should help.
Jodie, Cher, and SeriousPerson, are all of you doing okay now? Hellas, can you see, with no IOL, which you couldn't have because of your age at the time? You were too young?[/QUOTE]

Hi Eagle
Lots of questions so let me just jump right in. I had the victrectomy along with my 2nd detachment in my right eye, due to necessity (way too much junk floating around in there!). Mind you this was all back in 1986, so things may have change since then. But at the time yes, a gas buble was placed in the eye to hold the retina in place, and I had to be face down until the bubble disappeared. HaHA! Had this done 3 times in a row, as the detachment surgeries died work till the 4th one. As I recall the face down posture was around 7-14 days at a time. That may be different today.
Honestly doing those 3 surgies in about 6 weeks time, did a number on my neck! But to see it is certainly worth it!

I've also had the yag laser done to open up the lense capsule and that was a breeze compared to every onther eye surgery I had, and the results for me were dramatic. I walked into the office with badly clouded vision, and walked out with nice crisp crystal clear vision!

Actually, I can see fairly well for all I've had done to my good eye. The vision in my right eye (the one with the detachments, cataract, capsulotomy & victrectomy) I have vision corrected to 20/25 with contacts. Just need reading glasses over that. Do have loss of peripheral in that eye, but hardly notice it anymore. My left eye has always been legally blind (Corrected to 20/200).
HOpe this helps a little.
Hellas





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