Have you experienced flashes of light across your visual field, often accompanied by what appear to be dark spots or floaters in your field of vision? These can be the first symptoms of a retinal detachment, a serious optical health problem which occurs when the vitreous gel which normally fills the center of the eye for a healthy form somehow shrinks, causing the retina to detach from the eye itself. Retinal detachment is a severe problem which can cause total blindness without the immediate help of your local Hewlett retina surgeon with vitrectomies for retinal detachments from the advanced care practice of the Retina Consultants of Long Island.
A vitrectomy for retinal detachment works to reattach the retina to the eye, as well as protecting or in some cases reversing vision loss entirely. This procedure begins by removing the vitreous gel from the center of your eye. This allows your professional Hewlett retina surgeon to access the back of your eye where the optic nerves are located. The vitreous gel is removed by making a small incision into the gel, and sucking the gel out of the eye through the use of state of the art tools. Once this is complete, the retina is then the treated through the use of advanced laser technology which can work to repair the regions of the eye in which the retina has become detached, as well as repair tears or holes in the retina or macula, and can even be used to remove any scar tissue that has formed on top of the retina which can cause sight loss for many patients without proper care. With the retina reattached and safely prepared, your optical surgeon then replace the vitreous gel with either silicone oil or gas to return the eye to normal intraocular pressure. Local or general anesthesia can be used for a vitrectomy as per the patient’s preference. Patients will be required to stop the use of any form of blood thinner at least five days before the day their surgery is scheduled to take place. Procedural time lasts anywhere from one hour to several hours, depending on the level of damage to the retina. Patients will also need to wear a patch over their eye for a required level of time for healthy healing.
For the best in optical care that can work to restore vision loss from retinal detachment, be sure to visit the experts at your neighborhood Hewlett retina surgeon. Our fully licensed and professionally trained staff at the offices of the Retina Consultants of Long Island have been proudly serving your local community for over 18 years with laser therapy and advanced optical care. With a vitrectomy from the Retina Consultants of Long Island, your vision can be saved from permanent harm.