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Old 11-01-2008, 08:36 PM   #1
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Questions about Vitrectomy Please Help!

Hello Friends,
I am a 33 year old male and had a ratinal detachment few weeks ago. Doctor suggested me to do Vitrectomy with silicon oil which I did a week ago. I have some questions about the same:

1. Before Vitrectomy my central vision was very good but after the operation my vision is blur. I cannot see even the biggest letters on eye checkup chart. I can however see faint images of objects around. Doctor says that this blurness is because of the oil. My question is - will this blurness last forever? Is there any way to remove it?

2. My operated eye now has no. +7.5 (prior to operation it was nil). After using specs I can see clearly but I have duplopia (double vision) and doctor said I will be used to it. How to avoid this double vision? Are there any harmful effects of double vision?

3. How much time is necessary to improve my vision without using any specs?

4. There is swelling inside the white part of the eye and redishness also. When will it go? It is seven days now.

I am nervous and worried about my eye. Please help with answers to these questions.

Thanks for your help.

Gauri

 
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Old 11-03-2008, 08:57 PM   #2
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Re: Questions about Vitrectomy Please Help!

First...relax...it's only been a week. Your eye has been severely abused and look for slow, but sure improvement. Take all your eyedrops religiously. Search the web for vitrectomy images and you'll understand what your eye has been through. Second, you are not going to have any usable vision thru the oil. You should be able to read with that eye thru a pinhole. You will be having a second vitrectomy to remove the oil and replace it with saline solution sometime in the next few months. [Ironic, but just as you get use to the oil vision and the eye is better, you go back to square one.] Might help to make a daily journal on this recovery, so you're able to refer to it during your second recovery. Third, keep in contact with your retinal surgeon. Mine gave me his cell number and told me there is no such thing as 'calling wolf.' Fourth, every recovery is differant. What vision you will end up in that eye depends on the retinal detachment that occurred, and cannot be determine for many months. Fifth. I don't know the reason for your retinal detachment, but protect your good eye ALWAYS. Get the good eye checked out and have any retinal tears fixed as soon as possible after your 'bad' eye stabilizes/normalizes. Finally...about me. I had a retinal detachment in my right eye in June 2007. I have, by heredity, lattice degeneration (thin retinas). The RD started with a tear while the viteous was detaching. This is normal for my age...56. A hit to my eye a month prior to the RD no doubt speeded up things and I ignored the resulting floaters. I chose the vitrectomy with the vitreous replaced by silicone oil because it was the best chance for recovery in my situation, and because laying face down for two weeks with the gas bubble was unappealing. Three months later in Sept 2007, I had my second vitrectomy to remove the oil. Four months after that in Feb 2008, I had my lens replaced because the oil caused a cataract. This is a normal complication if the oil is left in too long. (The time the oil is left in is a balancing act depending on the RD recovery.) In July 2008, I went back to the cataract surgeon for YAG laser to correct the 'cataract after the cataract.' This is normal cataract operation complication. YAG just punched a hole in the lens capsule. Today, my right eye vision is generally good for images, but not yet ready for reading. I still need an epiretinal membrane to be pealed away from my macula. The membrane is a another normal complication which developes from the laser scarring done to hold the retina in place during the original vitrectomy. My eye will never recover any right periperal vision and the pupil will probably never return to normal. The pupil has always been larger than the other eye since the first vitrectomy. Next year, after the epiretinal membrane is removed, I hope to have reading vision as good as it was before the RD, barring any more complications. This should be June 2009, two years after the RD.

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Old 11-06-2008, 08:27 PM   #3
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Re: Questions about Vitrectomy Please Help!

I didn't realize retina surgery could get so complicated!!
I am in florida and had to have both of my retinas repaired within the same week. I was sent to a retina specialist, Dr. Dhalla with the Retina Group of Florida b/c my macula was also detached in one eye. He also found a detachment in the other eye. He fixed both of them within a week with scleral buckle, very little discomfort and I see 20/25 in one eye and 20/20 in the other eye. If your in Florida it would be worth driving to see him in the Fort Lauderdale area...he is very clear at explaining things and made me feel comfortable even though I was really worried. I thought I was going to go blind in both eyes. Since my visit, I have met other patients of his that all sing his praises....Thank God and Dr. Dhalla I can see!!
Good Luck...and I agree be patient....

 
Old 02-15-2009, 11:47 AM   #4
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Re: Questions about Vitrectomy Please Help!

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Originally Posted by Gauri101 View Post
Hello Friends,
I am a 33 year old male and had a ratinal detachment few weeks ago. Doctor suggested me to do Vitrectomy with silicon oil which I did a week ago. I have some questions about the same:

1. Before Vitrectomy my central vision was very good but after the operation my vision is blur. I cannot see even the biggest letters on eye checkup chart. I can however see faint images of objects around. Doctor says that this blurness is because of the oil. My question is - will this blurness last forever? Is there any way to remove it?

2. My operated eye now has no. +7.5 (prior to operation it was nil). After using specs I can see clearly but I have duplopia (double vision) and doctor said I will be used to it. How to avoid this double vision? Are there any harmful effects of double vision?

3. How much time is necessary to improve my vision without using any specs?

4. There is swelling inside the white part of the eye and redishness also. When will it go? It is seven days now.

I am nervous and worried about my eye. Please help with answers to these questions.

Thanks for your help.

Gauri

 
Old 02-15-2009, 01:01 PM   #5
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Re: Questions about Vitrectomy Please Help!

Hi
I am curious as to how you are doing ?
M

 
Old 02-15-2009, 01:51 PM   #6
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Re: Questions poor vision after Vitrectomy to repair TD

I was diagnosed with a retina detachment ("jelly fluid causing tear") in the top left corner of my left eye on Jan 11 and had vitrectomy surgery on Jan 12with a "gas bubble". The gas bubble lasted for apprx 17 days. The retina detached again and the doctor decided that the best course of action was to surround the detached area of retina with laser surgery which i have had...to keep the tear from expanding and the fluid tearing retina further.

Main question - Since apprx three weeks after the surgery (after the bubble lifted) I have had a blurriness in my operated eye and the quality of the vision is poor. My surgeon does not understand why this would be the case.
Interesting when i do the "pinpoint" test i think it is called, my sight is good/clear in the operated eye but not the case normally. I would appreciate anyone's experience with similar issues.
Also has anyone experienced a retina detachment repaired with a vitrectomy that did not work using gas bubble procedure. What kind of restrictions did you have after surgery and how did it all work out ?

Thank you

 
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