Eye Surgery Procedures

Pneumatic Retinopexy for Retinal Detachments

Pneumatic Retinopexy is an office based, non-incisional, surgical procedure used to repair “select” cases of rhegmatogenous retinal detachments; and is often an alternative to scleral buckling and vitrectomy.

Indications:

When a single break or tear caused the detachment
When the break is in the upper part of the retina. In these cases, the patient will need to hold their head in the proper position for at least 16 hours per day for five days or more     so that the break and bubble is at its highest point.
When multiple breaks are small and close to each other

During this procedure, your ophthalmologist will inject a gas bubble into the middle of your eyeball (vitreous cavity).  Your head will be positioned so that the gas bubble floats to the detached area and presses lightly against the detachment.  Then cryopexy, laser photocoagulation, or both are […]

What is a Vitrectomy?

A vitrectomy is a surgical procedure that is typically performed by an ophthalmologist who is a retina specialist.  The purpose of a vitrectomy is to improve or stabilize your vision and to treat disorders of the retina and vitreous.

During a vitrectomy the vitreous gel is removed from the eye.  There are two types of vitrectomies; anterior vitrectomy and pars plana vitrectomy.  The anterior vitrectomy involves removing vitreous gel or vitreous humor through the front “anterior” structures of the eye.  The pars plana vitrectomy involves removing vitreous gel through incisions that are further posterior in the eye.

Eye conditions that may require a vitrectomy:

retinal detachments
macular holes
diabetic retinopathy (when there is bleeding and/or scar tissue)
eye infection
macular pucker (wrinkling of the retina)
severe eye injury
certain complications following cataract surgery

Vitrectomy Procedure

A vitrectomy is typically performed in a hospital or outpatient facility, using an operating microscope […]