Retina Surgery and Procedures
Most macular holes require a surgical procedure called a Vitrectomy. During the operation, the surgeon gently removes the vitreous gel, and releases the traction on the edges of the macular hole. Next, the surgeon injects a gas bubble inside of the eye. The purpose of the gas bubble is to place gentle pressure on the retina and help seal the hole.
Intravitreal injections such as LUCENTIS® which is commonly used to treat retinal diseases, such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, macular edema, and retinal vein occlusion. If left untreated these diseases can lead to severe vision loss. Intravitreal injections are typically performed in an eye care professional’s office. Once the eyes are dilated and examined, the actual procedure only takes about fifteen minutes. Although intravitreal injections are able to maintain visual acuity in most patients and improve vision in a significant number of patients, injections must be administered as frequently as every month to attain the best results.
Argon Laser therapy is a quick and painless procedure to repair certain types of retinal tears. First, a topical anesthetic is applied to the eye. Following the anesthetic, a laser beam is directed into the eye, creating a series of tiny spots that seal the area around the tear.
Sometimes, months or even years after cataract and lens replacement surgery, your vision may seem to fade. This is often because of something called posterior capsular clouding. As time goes by, the capsule may become cloudy. The typical solution is a YAG laser capsulotomy. The YAG laser will make an opening in the center of the posterior capsule about the size of your pupil, creating a clear visual pathway. This procedure is usually not done at the time of lens implant surgery because it could interfere with the implant’s position. Once the YAG procedure has been performed, you should see a very quick improvement in your overall vision.