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Old 03-01-2012, 08:28 AM   #1
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vitrectomy surgery for macular

My eye doctor has scheduled a vitrectomy in my right eye because I have a full thickness macular hole and my vision went from 20/40 to 20/100 in that eye in three months. How dangerous is this surgery and will I get my vision back to pre surgery? My doctor said he would take out old vitreous fluid and replace with a gas bubble that will dissolve over time.

 
Old 03-22-2012, 01:29 PM   #2
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Re: vitrectomy surgery for macular

Hi Clandy,

I was diagnosed with a full thickness macular hole in my right eye too. I had a vitrectomy in January of this year. I am still recovering from this surgery. I had a gas bubble that didn't dissolve for 8 weeks. My Dr used a long acting bubble. It was just very annoying but I thought once the bubble was gone everything would be fine, nott. The bubble dissolved just 2 weeks ago but my eye still feels like I have a blurb blocking my vision. I have no peripheral vision, side vision. I went to the doctor this week at 10 weeks post op and the doctor told me the periperal vision may or may not get better so in other words, deal with it. I certainly wasn't expecting anything like this before my surgery. I was told about all the risks and my doctor thought for sure I would come out of this with flying colors. I am hoping to regain the peripheral vision but I guess there's a chance I might not. I have to think positive but I honestly don't think I'll have that vision back. I don't mean to scare you but ask your doctor lots of questions. The surgery itself is not painful in the least. I jus turned 62 and am in fairly good health. I also developed a cataract 2 weeks after my vitrectomy and will have to have that removed at least 6 months or more from now. Anyway take care and don't forget to ask questions.

 
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:33 AM   #3
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Re: vitrectomy surgery for macular

Hi thank you for responding to my questions. I had the surgery on April 2nd, 2012 and went back to the dod on Monday the 23rd and my doc said my hole did not close so now I have to have the surgery again but I am going to another doc in Columbia Missouri. I am hoping he can do this surgery so I get my vision back. I have side vision i never lost that just my central vision my doc said that it is very rare fo this surgery not to work i was just unlucky for it to be me. He used a shorter acting gas bubble and it disappeared after 2 weeks exactly.

 
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Hi Clandy,

I am sorry you had to go through that and the hole didn't even close. Were you face down for two weeks also? My hole was small and I had the long acting gas bubble which lasted 8 weeks. The hole closed but my side vision is still not there. There's a blackness and it also interferes with my central vision also. I don't think it will get any better. I had virgin eyes before this so this should not have happened. It happens sometimes when people had other previous vision problems and surgeries but I never had any of this. Right now I am just so upset that this happened and why. My vision in that eye is 20/100 also. I feel bad that you have to go through another surgery so soon. I hope it works for you this time. I am going to get a second opinion also to see what another specialist has to say. Good luck to you and take care.

 
Old 04-25-2012, 09:03 AM   #5
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Yes I was facedown for 2 weeks at night was the worst because my husband kept waking me up cause I turned on myside, it was very difficult for me to stay on my stomach but I tried. Also I am going to a new specialist tomorrow Thurs the 26th of April and I hope he will do the surgery when I get out of school the end off May. I had the fast acting bubble because my doc said I had my natural lens and that's what they use for that. I will ask my doc tomorrow about that also. I have never had any other surgery on my eyes before either and my doc was so sure that it would work he said it was rare that it didn't. I also had a very small hole and my retina is still attached. He told me Monday that everything else looks good my pressure and my optic nerve are all ok. He said I don't know how well you maintained the position so I think he was trying to blame me, I was stuck in that chair for two weeks and after the first week when I went back to him he said stay in it for 3 more days which he did because he said it wasn't healing as fast as it should be I should have known then something was wrong because of him saying that because everything I've read said after 8 days the hole should be closed or almost close.

 
Old 04-25-2012, 09:18 AM   #6
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I had my natural lens too but he gave me the long acting gas bubble anyway. My doctor couldn't tell me my bubble closed till the 5th week because the bubble was blocking his view to see if it closed or not. I still had the bubble till the eighth week. What brought me to the doctor in the first place was images were distorted and lines were wavy. Now my eye feels like someone punched me and there's a black blind spot. I am very unhappy about this whole ordeal and the idea of going back to another doctor and having cataract surgery too. My pressure and everything else was fine with my eye too. My doctor said my vision might or might not get better, not very encouraging in the least. At this point I don't think it will get better. Can you see with your central vision at all and is it worst after the surgery? You would think after going through all that thing's would be better. I hope you have better luck with the next surgery. Good Luck!

 
Old 04-25-2012, 09:44 AM   #7
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My vision is still 20/100 but I can see as well as I did before surgery which was not very good in that eye. I too had blurry vision and wavy lines just in my central vision if I closed my right eye I could see fine. You should get a second opinion because its your sight and I don't want to be blind because that's what my doc said left untreated it would get worse. It is very discouraging to go thru all that and still not get better. Did your doc tell you that the hole closed? Mine told me it did not close and I would have to have a second opinion. He wanted me to go to a friend of his in Kansas and thought I am going to someone else because my doc did not get it closed why should I trust someone else that knows him. I have tricare so they recommended the doc I am going to tomorrow, he's at the University of Missouri Columbia so they are really good in Columbia. This new doc is going to redo all the tests the last one did like field accuity and detailed pictures of my retina. But hopefully because I just recently had the surgery maybe the recovery won't be as bad since I just went thru all that. I would definitely get a second opinion though.

 
Old 04-25-2012, 10:10 AM   #8
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Oh I will certainly be going for a second opinion but outside of this doctor's practice. I won't go to his referrals. He was very pleased that my hole did close and showed me the before and after pictures. Unfortunately my vision is worse now than before in that eye. Before surgery the doctor told me that my vision would improve to what my vision was. It is very annoying to see black in that eye when I wake up in the morning and throughout the day it feels like a black cloud is obstructin my vision. I have to work and I find it very aggravating. I don't know what else can be done if anything but I'm not giving up. I wish you luck tomorrow and hopefully you will get that hole closed with the next surgery.

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Old 04-25-2012, 10:48 AM   #9
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Thank you very much I will post after my appointment tomorrow and let you know what this doc says. I would check online and with your insurance on a good retinal specialist and try to check them out prior to seeing them. I can't believe that your vision is worse than it was and your doc said your hole closed? That is crazy. It should be somewhat better if it closed unless it really isn't closed and he is just telling you that. But I wish you luck in finding a better doctor where you live. If you don't mind me asking what state do you live in? I am in Missouri.

 
Old 04-25-2012, 10:56 AM   #10
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I live in Illinois and my vision is worse now than it was before surgery. The distortion is a little better but what good is it with a black cloud obstructing my vision. I feel like this surgery has been long and drawn out with poor results. My doctor is supposed to be a "Master" as one of the Opthamologist recommended him.

Thank you for your concerns and good luck to you tomorrow!

 
Old 04-25-2012, 11:38 AM   #11
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Thank you and I will post probably on Friday because I expect to be at the appt about 2 hours. Hopefully with the result of him doing the surgery in May.

Good luck to you too.

 
Old 04-26-2012, 06:47 AM   #12
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First of all, I have not gone to the new doc yet but last night I talked to a friend who's Mother had the same surgery with the same results, worse vision and hole not closing. That is not the most interesting part of this surgery, she had the same doctor which really worries me. I am going to talk to this new doc about that today. I will let you know if I find out anything probably on Friday morning.

Take care and have a great day

 
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