Vitrectomy is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of the jelly (a.k.a. vitreous) that fills the inside of the eye. This technique is used to gain access to the back of the eye and to the retina. Vitrectomy is used for a number of specialized diseases, including in the repair of retinal detachment, macular hole, and macular pucker, amongst others.

Vitrectomy involves making three microscopic incisions in the white part of the eye. The vitreous jelly is removed using a device called a vitrector which performs both cutting and suction of the jelly. The vitreous jelly is replaced during the procedure with a saline solution that maintains the pressure and clarity within the eye.

The risks of vitrectomy include pain, retinal detachment, cataract, high or low intraocular pressure, vision loss, bleeding, and infection. Please ask your doctor about the specific risks of your vitrectomy procedure.

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