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Diabetics With Eye Problems


Diabetics With Eye Problems

If you have diabetes and have had eye complications or you are legally blind as a result of diabetes, join this group.

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bleed after 3 months po vitrectomy

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Those who have had laser for PDR

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Experience with a vitrectomy?

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Blindness and pain

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Comment by Tom on October 24, 2013 at 9:23pm

Vitrectomy is the surgical removal of the vitreous gel from the middle of the eye camera. It may be done when there is a retinal detachment, because removing the vitreous gel gives your eye doctor (ophthalmologist) better access to the back of the eye. The vitreous gel may also be removed if blood in the vitreous gel (vitreous hemorrhage) does not clear on its own.

During a vitrectomy, the surgeon inserts small instruments into the eye, cuts the vitreous gel, and suctions it out. After removing the vitreous gel, the surgeon may treat the retina with a laser (photocoagulation), cut or remove fibrous or scar tissue from the retina, flatten areas where the retina has become detached, or repair tears or holes in the retina or macula.
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At the end of the surgery, silicone oil or a gas is injected into the eye to replace the vitreous gel and restore normal pressure in the eye.

Vitrectomy is always done by an eye doctor who has special training in treating problems of the retina.
What To Expect After Surgery

Vitrectomy may require an overnight hospital stay. But it may sometimes be done as outpatient surgery. The surgery lasts 2 to 3 hours. Your eye doctor will determine if the surgery can be done with local or general anesthesia.

You may need to position yourself in a certain way at home for a while. Your doctor will tell you what position to lie in so that the gas or oil can push against the detachment.

Comment by Cinderfella on October 24, 2013 at 8:03pm
Missrobbie. You would need a vitrectomy if you had excessive bleeding in your eye. The vitrectomy cleans the blood out and helps make the leaky blood vessels recede. It's usually accompanied by some lasering.
Comment by Linda G on October 24, 2013 at 6:52pm

Linda...with it's small tears in the cornea. But I think the mending procedure is different.

Comment by Linda on October 24, 2013 at 5:51pm
yes Both of my retinas had tiny tears that bleed a few months after my cataract surgery. The repair was painless for me. They tacked the tear with laser. No problems since and it's been over 2 years since it was done. How extensive is your tear missrobbie?
Comment by missrobbie on October 24, 2013 at 5:17pm

1. I hope this is not a STUPID question but when would a person with retinopathy need vitrectomy surgery?
2. Has anybody had retinal tear and surgery to repair the eye?

Comment by TI on October 24, 2013 at 3:39pm

Cinderfella, I'm so sorry you are going through this, but hopefully the vitrectomy will the answer.

I had Avastin injections in both eyes, which resulted in the complications of cataracts. I will see the retina surgeon tomorrow, I am hope for a good report. I'm still on the eye drops, without insurance the cost is bleeding me dry (pun intended).

Good luck, Cinderfell! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Comment by Cinderfella on October 24, 2013 at 1:56pm
Just found out I'm having a vitrectomy in three weeks to hopefully stop these eye bleeds once and for all. This will be my second eye surgery. I already had one on the other eye. I dread it but it needs to be done. I just want it to be over with.
Comment by Anu Marjaana on October 20, 2013 at 9:16am

Cinderfella, after having had an Avastin shot in both of my eyes some years ago, the blood did not dissolve in one eye even after a few months of waiting. Then I had vitrectomy in that eye, and after some months of recovering the result was really good. I really hope the best for you and that the treatments will help permanently - all of us dealing with eye problems!

Comment by Cinderfella on October 18, 2013 at 3:09pm
T1--my eye is better, thank you for asking. I had an Avastin shot on Sept 12th. It took about 10 days but the bleeding finally stopped. I'm left with a lot of blood in my eye, still. It takes a long time to dissolve away. Things ARE better, but, of course, we know it's only a temporary fix.
Comment by Steve D on October 9, 2013 at 5:52am

Missrobbie - It takes time....and as I'm sure you know the gov't is not working right now. I recommend Binder & Binder for legal work, Just breath in and breath out...then move on (as Jimmy Buffet says). Move on and god luck!


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