WHAT IS Retinal Surgery?
At The Eye Center of Central PA, our board-certified ophthalmologists have a comprehensive knowledge of many advanced eye surgeries, including retinal surgeries. While we try to treat many retinal diseases and concerns with less invasive treatments, such as anti-VEGF injections and laser-assisted photocoagulation, more severe or recurring disorders might require more intense surgical treatment, such as a pars plana vitrectomy. When you notice sudden changes to your vision, such as blurred vision or pain, it's essential to reach out to a professional immediately. Our skilled team is highly trained and experienced with a range of retinal diseases and disorders so you can trust that you're in good hands when you visit our office. Contact one of our facilities throughout Central PA to arrange your comprehensive eye exam and receive the expert care you deserve to revive your eye health and improve your quality of vision.
WHO NEEDS RETINAL SURGERY?
Advanced surgeries (such as pars plana vitrectomies, membrane peels, and air-fluid gas exchanges) are typically reserved as a final option to repair retinal damage when less intensive treatments have not fully addressed the problem or if the issue is recurrent. Some conditions that could eventually require retinal surgery intervention are:
- Retinal tears or detachments
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Macular holes or wrinkles
- Vitreous hemorrhage
- Cataract-related complications
- Severe eye trauma
- Intravitreal infection
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HOW IS RETINAL SURGERY DONE?
Our ophthalmologists at The Eye Center of Central PA offer a range of different retinal surgery techniques that are customized to address your unique condition. Some of these techniques include:
- Pars plana vitrectomy: Pars plana vitrectomy, sometimes shortened to PPV, is a frequently performed procedure that gives our eye surgeons access to the posterior segment in order to address certain issues, like retinal detachments, macular holes, vitreous hemorrhage, and endophthalmitis. This surgery is done with fine, advanced surgical tools, and the technique varies to suit your particular condition.
- Membrane peel: A membrane peel is a retinal surgery that is typically performed alongside a vitrectomy. This technique serves to remove a scarred epiretinal membrane, which can cause reduced visual acuity and blurry sight. To remove the membrane, one of our ophthalmologists will utilize special surgical instruments and tiny incisions.
- Air-fluid gas exchange: This technique is typically performed after vitrectomy for patients who have recurring retinal detachments or vitreous hemorrhages. For this method, air is injected into the eye to remove and replace the intraocular fluid.
- Secondary lens insertion: Retained lens fragments is a rarely occurring issue that can develop after cataract surgery. Secondary lens insertion is performed to address retained lens fragments before the problem can lead to retinal detachment, secondary glaucoma, or intraocular inflammation.
Since there are some complications that could arise after retinal surgery, a member of our team will observe you following your procedure to ensure that you're not exhibiting any signs or symptoms that could indicate an issue. Once we're certain that your health is in good condition, somebody on our staff will go over detailed post-op instructions with you, which you will be expected to follow throughout your recovery period. We will schedule your future follow-up appointments at one of our offices throughout Central PA so a member of our team can monitor your healing and progress. However, these checkups don't take the place of annual or biennial eye exams so you should continue to see our team in the future to maintain your total ocular wellness.
ADVANCED RETINA SOLUTIONS
At The Eye Center of Central PA, our board-certified ophthalmologists are well-versed in performing the most advanced techniques to address a range of retinal problems, including tears, detachments, macular holes, and other concerns. Having retina surgery might seem intimidating, but our compassionate team works closely with each and every patient to ensure that they are comfortable throughout the treatment and are aware at every step of the process. Contact one of our offices throughout Central PA to schedule your appointment if you've noticed any sudden changes in your vision.