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Old 05-06-2007, 10:34 AM   #1
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vitrectomy healing time?

I had a vitrectomy approx. 3 weeks ago to correct two retinal tears. My gas bubble seems to be disapating very, very slowly and my vision thru that eye is mostly just a big blur, which I hope is a result of the bubble and possibly the drops I'm on. However, I can bring extremely fine print to within an inch or so from that eye and easily read it !! (Seems pretty weird.) I was under the impression that the gas bubble usually dissipates much faster than the length of time mine seems to be taking. Is there a chance that my vision may return to what it was before the surgery? I can't seem to get my doc to give me a straight answer to that. (I had a cataract removed from that eye about 8-10 months ago.)

 
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Interesting, as I was supposed to get a vitrectomy scheduled to remove retinopathy scarring but she cancelled, said my vision is fluctuating and removing the scars probably wouldn't help. (They look like fingerprints are all over your glasses, would think it would help but maybe she just wants to wait a while. I'd have a saline solution for that rather than gas and face-down healing. Bet that was rough. It hasn't been quite a year since I had cataract surgery in both eyes.

So I'm watching the Vitrectomy subject but can't answer your question, sorry. Maybe having a response and bumping this up will give you some more productive responses. Good luck.

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Old 05-10-2007, 07:40 AM   #3
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Re: vitrectomy healing time?

THANX for the reply!

 
Old 05-11-2007, 10:13 AM   #4
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Considering all of the people here who have apparently had a vitrectomy, I thought I would surely get some answers to my question. Maybe it's because I'm a "junior member".
Sorry to have been a bother.

 
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I had a vitrectomy approx. 3 weeks ago to correct two retinal tears. My gas bubble seems to be disapating very, very slowly and my vision thru that eye is mostly just a big blur, which I hope is a result of the bubble and possibly the drops I'm on. However, I can bring extremely fine print to within an inch or so from that eye and easily read it !! (Seems pretty weird.) I was under the impression that the gas bubble usually dissipates much faster than the length of time mine seems to be taking. Is there a chance that my vision may return to what it was before the surgery? I can't seem to get my doc to give me a straight answer to that. (I had a cataract removed from that eye about 8-10 months ago.)
You mean you can read fine print 1" from your eye without glasses? That may be pretty good news.

Sorry I can't be of any real help, never having actually had a vitrectomy. I'm just trying to learn about it in advance just in case. But I did have cataract surgery, both eyes, about a year ago. Learned that you have to be careful a lot longer than the week or two that they tell you post-op.
I shoveled snow, I probably already said, at 8 mo. and now, 3 mo. later still have the new spiderweb floaters and macular symptoms.

The implant lenses probably can pull on your retina. The macula's part of that. Words across the TV screen are all wrecked up, just my worst eye, so I hunted up a booklet with a picture in it of that very thing, which said you usually keep your peripheral vision, just may have a blind spot in central vision, and decreased color perception, w/ macular degeneration, layers separating and allowing fluid in. It can't be treated until it gets to a certain point, and then there's a new drug that may reverse it, Lucentis I THINK.
It's been a while since I read about it.

Just trying to encourage you. Patience may pay off. Someone may do a search later on and bring up your thread again.

 
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Yes, I can easily read very fine print with that eye when it's about an inch away. (I'm thinking the bubble is acting as a magnifier.) And the doc said my implant was still in perfect alignment after the vitrectomy. The bubble is finally showing signs of disapating. And what I see above the bubble line is looking much better. I see the doc again on the 21st.
"Words across the TV screen all wrecked" up sounds like macular pucker. I assume you've "******d" macular degeneration, macular symptoms, vitrectomy, etc. to research your own concerns. Just adding one of two descriptive words to enhance your search can sometimes help.
Good luck, and take care.

 
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Yes, I can easily read very fine print with that eye when it's about an inch away. (I'm thinking the bubble is acting as a magnifier.) And the doc said my implant was still in perfect alignment after the vitrectomy. The bubble is finally showing signs of disapating. And what I see above the bubble line is looking much better. I see the doc again on the 21st.
"Words across the TV screen all wrecked" up sounds like macular pucker. I assume you've "******d" macular degeneration, macular symptoms, vitrectomy, etc. to research your own concerns. Just adding one of two descriptive words to enhance your search can sometimes help. Good luck, and take care.
Congratulations on your finally getting some improvement.

I kept getting calls that I hadn't had a 6 mo. checkup since my cataract surgery in both eyes nearly a year ago, some new people who have a a retina specialist having replaced my too-young cataract surgeon who didn't even tell me about multifocal implants and whose technician cost me $400 for a wrong prescription and a 2-yr wait before a replacement will be covered, so I went in this morning, and he scheduled two more tests on separate occasions, another retina scan where you watch the little lights and they take pictures and an "RA". so it'll be about a month before I find out, maybe, why the TV words look like the ones in the macular degeneration booklet, but the Amsler Grid looks okay. I've forgotten if I ever knew what an RA test is.

Thank you for that term "Macular Pucker". The problem of about 2 wks seems to be getting better so I don't know. Never remember to ask all my questions so I'll take a list next time. He said I have another membrane I'm not supposed to have besides the one they punched a hole in behind the pupil in each eye, capsulotomy. Yep, I'm an online scholar and will be looking it up. "Dancin' Boots" here on this forum, who lives in my area and knows some of the same people, had an extra membrane, they "watch" for a time, first time I ever heard of it, and a vitrectomy that she felt was rather slow to heal. Naturally we'd all be impatient. Guess you had to keep your face down for a couple of weeks with the gas bubble.

My female retina specialist in another city that I've been seeing since 2005 had said my vitrectomy would be for diabetic retinopathy laser scarring, and that I'd have a saline solution, no face-down. Now I wonder if she was telling me the truth about a lot of things, tho' I like her a lot personally.

I'm editing to add that since you mentioned the term I have done a search about macular pucker, cellophane membrane, etc., etc. and printed out quite a few pages. I don't know yet what kind of membrane I have. Found out that a pucker is when scar tissue is formed right over the macula, and they're experimenting with new ways to remove it. I'm sure glad I saw another retina specialist, for my six months late after-cataract surgery chekup. In a few days that will have been a year ago, and I had the capsule membrane capsulotomy in both eyes. Thanks so much for giving me more information than the doctors do. My hearing was down too, allergies and age, so I don't blame him for not talking too much. I kept having to ask for things to be repeated.

Good luck and thanks again for sharing valuable experience with us so we'll know if it ever happens to us. There will be others coming along who'll be helped. Eagle1

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Old 05-17-2007, 06:43 AM   #8
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Re: vitrectomy healing time?

From what I've heard and read there's still some controversy surrounding multifocal implants. I was told about them when I had my cataracts removed and was advised against them. A friend who very recently had his cataracts removed wasn't even told about them either.

I had macular pucker scar tissue (I hope I said that correctly) that was removed when my vitrectomy was performed.

I'm and old guy (78) who has had amazingly good health all my life - no blood pressure problems, diabetes, arthritis, etc. - so I may be spoiled and over-reacting re. my vitrectomy.

Best of luck to you!

 
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So you have mono-focal lenses, which are set for distance, and you can, for one example, make a phone call without glasses?

I can't do that or set my oven temperature, or read my digital clock, have to go see the kitchen clock which is bigger. There are probably other examples but it's early morning, and although I had a good night's sleep, maybe my brain's not quite awake.

At first, I kept worrying, what if my house was on fire, my husband out of town, and I left my reading glasses in my bedroom, can't even call the fire department, or, you know, other emergencies, like what if something goes wrong with the lens mechanism. It's very dangerous to try to remove and replace them.

A retina specialist later told me multi-focals wouldn't have worked for me because I had so much diabetic damage, but I'd been seeing through all that before the cataracts, and then capsulotomies in both eyes, and now I seem to have another membrane, searched yesterday and found there are different types. She even denies that blood sugar levels affect vision, and I know they do, which info the new retina doctor volunteered, who told me about the new membrane. The first one is rather young, and may just feel she needs to argue with everything you say just to stay in charge.

Would you happen to know what an R.A. test is?

I've liked the retina doctor a lot, since Aug. 2005, but she really does not tell me enough, must not have caught the new membrane at all, and didn't do a laser the last time I had an ink blot. Sometimes these things seem to heal, I read in a booklet yesterday, and I THINK my wrecked-up letters on the TV, not closeup, may be straightening out a bit, but you're supposed to report them anyway.

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Re: vitrectomy healing time?

For more on the R.A. test, go to ****** and type in the following:
eye r.a. test .

After I had my cataracts removed, I had one eye fitted with a lens set for close-up viewing and the other eye set for distance. So I can get along pretty well without glasses. This is called mono vision and worked fine for me because I had been near-sighted in one eye and was slightly far sighted in the other one most of my life. For some reason, people in need of cataract removal surgery are quite often not informed of this option.

 
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For more on the R.A. test, go to ****** and type in the following:
eye r.a. test .

After I had my cataracts removed, I had one eye fitted with a lens set for close-up viewing and the other eye set for distance. So I can get along pretty well without glasses. This is called mono vision and worked fine for me because I had been near-sighted in one eye and was slightly far sighted in the other one most of my life. For some reason, people in need of cataract removal surgery are quite often not informed of this option.
Thanks, I was unable to find out using vision R.A. test as a search term, which is so close to what you'd use but evidently very different. There was something about arthritis in the results.

Re mono-focus implants, I talked to a man yesterday who found a surgeon, a woman, to preserve his natural lens in one eye. Wish I'd known about her, and of course I'll recommend her to anyone who ever tells me they're going to need cataract surgery. I just didn't know anyone up close and personal who'd had the experience.

I think I told you there are now some new people who advertise all kinds of multi-focals, replacing the long-gone young brothers who did mine. They have three offices and a retina specialist in one, so that's where I found out I have some kind of membrane and will be having tests. Everything seems better for some reason this morning. I sat down at the pc w/out getting my glasses from my bedroom and was able to figure out one of those popups from McAfee. I'd seen it a lot of times, of courses and could have guessed.

Are you getting faster dissipation of the gas bubble now that it seems to have at least started? I don't suppose you know why vision fluctuates, other than blood sugar.

 
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Re: vitrectomy healing time?

I think that recovery times post-vitrectomy really vary from person to person. I had a vitrectomy to remove a macular pucker, and I had terrible problems with sutures (misplaced by a resident), which caused inflammation that lasted for weeks.

I don't think that anyone who has had retinal problems should even consider getting a multifocal implant. Although some people are pleased with them, others have had terrible problems. It is now reported in the medical journals that a small percentage of people are never able to adapt to them.

 
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It's been approx. 6 weeks since I had the vitrectomy done in my right eye and I still have my gas bubble (it's down to covering about 40% of my eye now). I was at the doc's office Monday and he says everything is looking fine. My vision tested 20-40 in my right eye and 20-30 in the left. And new glasses should make a major improvement. I'm hoping for the best.

 
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It's wonderful that your scores are so near 20/20. Hard to wait, I know.
I'll be the very same way if I have to have a vitrectomy. Hope someone like you will still be around. If you had a second opinion, might you find out some way to speed things up? Probably just get in trouble with the present people taking care of you. At least the results are worth the wait.

The exam I'm to have on May 30 in the afternoon is FA, I guess, not RA.
Oh dear, I forgot to look it up on the web before coming here. I'll do that. Not to worry.

 
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