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Old 10-27-2011, 07:28 AM   #31
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Re: vitrectomy, macular pucker

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In my case, the first vitrectomy was not at all helpful because it left me with a black spot in the centre of my field of vision. That started to grow very quickly and within six months had obliterated 75% of the field. That was the membrane (macular pucker) that grew from the remnants of the original PVD filament that had not been completely removed. I went to another hospital and was operated on eight months after the first vitrectomy, to remove the membrane. At the same time, the surgeon implanted a new lens as a cataract had already started to develop. About six months after that, a secondary caract developed on the inner layer of the lens capsule and that was removed with YAG laser treatment.
Thanks so much for reply.
your experience is very helpful to me. I was first diagonised in Sept. and I have seen 2 retina specialists and they are telling me to just wait and see, which I'm certainly planning to do, becasue i can still see pretty well. i do have the small yellow hole in the center of my vision, but when i turn my head a certain way, I can still make out whats there. The first dr. told me that if I had the surgery to remove the gel , i would definately get cataracts. he didn't know how long it would take for them to form, but that I would definately get them. The thing I worry most about is that when/if the gel "slides" off, it will tear a whole in my retina, but i think the risk being 50/50, I will just hope it slides off with no damage. Thanks again for sharing your experience.

 
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Old 10-27-2011, 07:54 AM   #32
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Thanks so much for reply.
your experience is very helpful to me. I was first diagonised in Sept. and I have seen 2 retina specialists and they are telling me to just wait and see, which I'm certainly planning to do, becasue i can still see pretty well. i do have the small yellow hole in the center of my vision, but when i turn my head a certain way, I can still make out whats there. The first dr. told me that if I had the surgery to remove the gel , i would definately get cataracts. he didn't know how long it would take for them to form, but that I would definately get them. The thing I worry most about is that when/if the gel "slides" off, it will tear a whole in my retina, but i think the risk being 50/50, I will just hope it slides off with no damage. Thanks again for sharing your experience.
I hope they did an OCT scan of your eye as that is the only way to be sure of incomplete PVD. Yes, it is almost certain that a cataract will follow vitrectomy so the surgeons will avoid operating as far as possible. Cataracts are usually slow growing and it could take years before they really interfere with vision. I was not aware of mine but the surgeon said it was best to take advantage of the operation and deal with it then rather than wait and have another op.
To my mind, PVD is similar to removing a jelly from a dish. Sometimes it comes out cleanly and other times a bit sticks and has to be helped.
Good luck! Don't wait too long as the tension could eventually damage the retina.

 
Old 10-27-2011, 02:28 PM   #33
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Please remember that a cataract is not such a terrible thing nowadays. Mine was removed while sitting in a chair - about 15 minutes outpatient, mild sedation. If you're near-sighted, you will now have distance vision!

 
Old 10-28-2011, 05:53 AM   #34
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Please remember that a cataract is not such a terrible thing nowadays. Mine was removed while sitting in a chair - about 15 minutes outpatient, mild sedation. If you're near-sighted, you will now have distance vision!
Thanks for your reply!
Cataract surgery has apparently come along way. Several folks have told me the same thing, that the surgery for them is not too bad at all.
I guess I'm just a little nervous about any kind of eye surgery.
Wish there was something I could do to get the vitreous get to "slide" off. The dr's. say there's nothing, short of surgery to get it off, so I'm hoping it just doesn't get any worse.
thanks again,

 
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