During a vitrectomy, Dr. Fuad Makkouk, will remove the jelly from the back of the eye called the vitreous. This allows Dr. Makkouk access to your Retina to provide whatever retinal procedure you may require. In most instances a Vitrectomy is performed on an outpatient basis, and anesthesia can be local or general based on patient comfort. Dr. Makkouk understands that surgery can be scary, so he takes every step to make sure you are comfortable.
A vitrectomy may be indicated for a number of retinal issues, and Dr. Makkouk takes the time to explain all of your options at each visit. Some possible indications for a vitrectomy include; Retinal Detachment, Macular Hole, Epiretinal Membrane, or Diabetic Retinopathy.
After vitrectomy, you will have an eyepatch over the eye overnight, which Dr. Makkouk will remove the following day. This patch helps to protect the eye and any small open incisions, as most vitrectomies do not require the use of sutures. Dr. Makkouk will also prescribe eye drops to help prevent infection and decrease inflammation, and will review how to use these drops on the day after surgery. Dr. Makkouk may recommend rest along with no heavy lifting/bending/or straining for the first week after surgery, but takes the time to discuss a personalized plan for each patient before and after each surgery.
Don’t take any risks with your vision. Put your trust in Fuad Makkouk, MD a Yale University trained Surgical Retina Specialist, and call Austin Eye Center today or schedule an appointment online.