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There’s no need to stay overnight for vitreoretinal surgery any more, thanks to Eye Institute’s state-of-the-art day stay facilities.

If you need a vitrectomy to treat your eye condition, you’ll no longer require hospitalisation, thanks to Eye Institute’s pioneering day-stay vitrectomy procedure.

In a vitrectomy, the vitreous (a clear, gel-like fluid inside your eye) is removed to enable your surgeon to carry out treatments that cannot be performed with the fluid in place. At many clinics, vitreoretinal surgery is still an in-patient procedure that requires you to stay overnight. But when you come to Eye Institute you’ll enjoy the very highest standards of care, along with the latest vitreoretinal surgery techniques, meaning you’ll be able to go home almost straight after your surgery.

Eye conditions that require vitreoretinal surgery

Vitreoretinal surgery is used to treat a number of conditions. Some of the most common conditions that may require a vitrectomy are:

While these conditions may all require a vitrectomy, they are very different conditions, and visual results can vary depending on the underlying condition and its severity. The specialists at Eye Institute will always discuss your treatment and its expected outcomes with you, so that you have the best idea what to expect after surgery.

What’s involved in a vitrectomy?

Vitreoretinal surgery at Eye Institute is highly advanced, and performed by two of our eye surgeons who both have significant experience in this field. Your vitrectomy will be performed under local anaesthetic, and in most cases will only take around an hour. You’ll then be able to return home almost straight away.

Our techniques mean that for almost all patients:

  • General anaesthetic, with its risks, is not required
  • Patients can go home on the day of the surgery and don’t need to stay in hospital
  • No sutures are required (keyhole surgery)
  • No worries - sedation provided by a specialist anaesthetist, if you desire

Vitrectomy procedure:

  1. Before your surgery, you’ll be given a local anaesthetic to numb your eye so you don’t feel any pain.
  2. Your surgeon will use the latest ‘no-stitch’ surgical techniques to make tiny incisions in the white of your eye. This type of surgery means your eye will heal faster, and you should feel virtually no irritation after surgery.
  3. Using highly specialised instruments, your surgeon will remove the vitreous gel from your eye. Your surgeon will then perform the procedures required to treat your unique condition.
  4. The fluid in your eye will be replaced with a special saline solution that is very similar to your eye’s natural fluid. This is then naturally replaced by your body in the hours after your surgery.
  5. Your eye will sometimes also be treated with a special synthetic gas or silicone oil. Gas will be absorbed by your eye over time, but silicone oil may need to be removed at a later date.
  6. After surgery, you should be able to go home almost straight away, and you can usually resume normal, non-strenuous activities the day after. You’ll need to wear a patch on your eye until the following morning, and you’ll be given eye drops and antibiotics to use for up to four weeks after surgery.


Looking after yourself following vitreoretinal surgery:

  • While you’ll be able to resume non-strenuous activities the day after your vitrectomy, you should avoid strenuous tasks for a week after surgery. You should also avoid swimming for six weeks.
  • If you were treated with gas during your vitrectomy, you’ll need to make sure you lie in a certain position for a while to make sure the bubble stays in the right place. You’ll also need to avoid air travel as it may cause the gas to expand and damage your eye. Your surgeon will explain all this to you, and give you specific guidelines to follow after your surgery.


Make an appointment today

For more information on vitreoretinal surgery, or if you have a condition that requires a vitrectomy, make an appointment with one of our eye specialists today. Simply fill out an enquiry form or call 0800 39 35 27.

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