What is a Vitrectomy?

Vitrectomy is a treatment for floaters.

What does vitrectomy involve?

Vitrectomy involves the removal of part of the vitreous gel that is situated inside the eyeball next to the retina, and offers an excellent outcome for many patients.

Step 1: Your in-depth consultation

Following a detailed assessment, your Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon will discuss the best course of treatment for you. The consultant will be the same person who carries out your procedure and your checks at follow-up appointments.

Step 2: Before the vitrectomy procedure

Vitrectomy surgery is usually carried out under local anaesthetic to numb the eye and keep it still. If you are particularly anxious, you may be offered sedation. You will be awake during the operation and aware of some movement and contact, but the procedure will be painless.

Step 3: During vitrectomy surgery

The skin around your eye will be thoroughly cleansed and a sterile cover placed over your eye and face, which will be lifted off your mouth so you can breathe and talk easily. Your eyelids will be gently held open, although they will feel closed.

You will see little of what is happening during the vitrectomy surgery, but we will explain what we are doing as the operation goes along and the theatre staff will help you relax. The operation usually takes about 45 minutes, but in some cases may take longer.

Three tiny incisions are made in the sclera (the white of the eye) to enable instruments to be passed into the vitreous. The first of these is a saline infusion (a “drip”) to replace fluid in the eye, maintaining the pressure and shape of the eye during surgery; the second is a fibre-optic light to illuminate inside the eye; and the third is for the operating instrument, starting with a vitrectomy device which enables safe removal of the vitreous gel.

The vitreous is replaced with a salt-water solution into which the eye secretes its natural aqueous fluid. Most patients will benefit from a “sutureless” technique, with self-sealing incision sites.

Step 4: Rest and recovery

Afterwards, you will be taken to our recovery suite to rest before returning home.

Step 5: Your aftercare

Following your vitrectomy surgery, your consultant will see you for a follow-up appointment to check on your progress, assess the results and answer any questions you may have. You will be provided with an emergency contact number so that if you do experience any unexpected symptoms, you can contact us.

Vision usually improves quickly after vitrectomy surgery. Your consultant will provide guidance on when you can resume your normal daily activities.

The cost of Vitrectomy at Optegra

As Vitrectomy is often a procedure performed alongside other treatments, we offer two simple pricing plans to make the cost as straight-forward as possible.

C7920: Vitrectomy pars plana with internal tamponade: £3,520 per eye

C7982: Vitrectomy pars plana with internal tamponade, scleral buckling and retinopexy: £4,995 per eye

At Optegra, we pride ourselves on being able to offer treatment to everyone, regardless of their available budget. To ensure that all our potential patients have every option available to them, we offer a range of different pricing and finance plans. Feel free to contact us to discuss the range of price plans we offer.

If you’d like to know more about which type of treatment best suits your needs, contact us to arrange a one-to-one consultation with one of our dedicated eye health consultants.

Am I suitable for vitrectomy treatment?

Vitrectomy is a treatment for what are commonly referred to as ‘floaters’. It involves removing the vitreous gel from the middle of the eye, and replacing it with a salt water solution into which the eye secretes its own natural fluid.

Often, vitrectomy treatment will be performed in conjunction with another procedure, and is used to give the surgeon better access to the back of your eye.

Generally, you will be offered vitrectomy to:

  • Prevent or repair a retinal detachment
  • Repair large retinal tears
  • Reduce vision loss caused by a vitreous haemorrhage
  • Treat severe retinopathy

Although these are general guidelines, it is a specialised ophthalmic who will ultimately make the decision. If you’re suffering from floaters, flashing lights, or loss of vision, book a no-obligation appointment with one of our consultants today to discuss the best options for you.

Vitrectomy customer reviews

At Optegra, your journey is of utmost importance to us. We pride ourselves on offering the best advice, treatments and aftercare to ensure that all of our patients have the smoothest experience possible.

This dedication to customer service extends to our vitrectomy treatment. You will first meet with a specialised consultant who will go through the procedure with you and answer any questions you may have. Should you decide to go ahead with the treatment, it will be the same ophthalmic surgeon who will carry out your vitrectomy, so you always have a single point of contact throughout.

After surgery, you will be taken to our recovery suite to rest before being sent home with an emergency contact number to call, should you experience any unexpected symptoms.

Your consultant will see you for a follow-up appointment to check on your progress, assess the results, and answer any questions you may have.

If you’re wondering what former vitrectomy patients have to say about their procedure, find out for yourself by reading their reviews below.

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