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Bournemouth Hospital

67 Lansdowne Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1RW

01202 291866
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Why choose Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital for your vitrectomy surgery?

At Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital our expert ophthalmologists specialise in diagnosing problems with the vitreous humour and treating them through vitrectomy surgery. If you suffer from poor vision as a result of diabetic eye disease, you may have developed a cloudy eye significantly reducing your vision. A vitrectomy at Nuffield Health Bournemouth hospital could be the corrective surgery you need to improve your eye sight.

We pride ourselves on the extremely high levels of clinical care we are able to provide our valued patients. Our attentive matron-led nursing team are available 24-7 to fully support our consultants and to ensure your comfort and wellbeing whilst admitted in Bournemouth.

If you are unsure about vitrectomy surgery, you are welcome to attend one of our free eye care open events. Here you will be able to get the much needed answers to your questions about the procedure. You will also get the opportunity to meet one of our resident ophthalmic surgeons in person.

What is the vitreous humour?

The vitreous humour substance has no real function and is usually clear. However trauma, a detached retina or in cases of diabetic eye disease the jelly-like substance can become cloudy, reducing your vision. A vitrectomy can also be used to take a sample of the substance for analysis in a laboratory.

What is a Vitrectomy?

  • A vitrectomy is usually performed under general anaesthetic. It can take 1-2 hours. Sometimes the procedure is done under local anaesthetic
  • Your surgeon will make very tiny cuts in the sclera (white part) of your eye
  • They will use a very tiny microscope to view the area and very gently break up the substance
  • They will slowly remove it by suction. Any foreign bodies will also be removed
  • If you have diabetic eye disease any leaking blood vessels will be sealed using a laser
  • Vitreous humour does not naturally redevelop. To fill the area your consultant may use gas, clear silicone, air or saline
  • Any wounds will be closed using very fine, dissolvable stitches
  • Any substance used to fill the area will be absorbed and replaced by a clear fluid called aqueous humour
  • Vitrectomy may be performed as a day case and In some cases patients spend one night in hospital.

Going home after a vitrectomy at Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital

  • Please arrange for someone to take you home when you are discharged
  • Your vision may not be clear for several weeks. It can sometimes take 4-6 weeks before seeing a long term result
  • In some cases this procedure is used to stabilise current vision (prevent it from becoming worse)
  • Your eye may be sensitive, red and swollen for up to two weeks following your surgery
  • Take over the counter pain relief such as paracetamol. Be sure and use any eye drops as prescribed. Drops help prevent infection and inflammation
  • You may need to position your head in a tilted position for up to 50 minutes every hour for 4-14 days following your procedure. This insures the gas or fluid lies against the treated area of your eye. We will give you special neck pillows to help you keep this position
  • You will need to return for a follow-up appointment 1-2 weeks after your operation. Depending on your progress additional appointment may be necessary.

Most patients make a full recovery following vitrectomy. Complications from vitrectomy can include:

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts or clouded vision
  • Decreased vision.

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