A vitrectomy is a surgical procedure where the vitreous humor, which is the gel-like substance in the eye, is removed. It can be used to treat certain eye problems, such as retinal detachment, macular pucker and macular hole. This helps improve vision and reduce pain.
During the procedure, a tiny incision is made in the wall of the eyeball and specialized instruments are inserted into the eye. These instruments help the surgeon remove the vitreous humor and any scar tissue that may be present.
After the procedure is complete, a gas bubble or air bubble may be injected into the eye to help keep the retina in place while it heals. Recovery time from a vitrectomy varies depending on each patient’s individual case.