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.
Last edited by paulm999; 11-03-2008 at 08:00 PM.