Vitreous is a gel-like substance filling the space between lens and retina. It consists of approximately 70% of the eye and is made of 99% water. Vitreous has a protective role in the eye. It is also attached to the retina with fine fibers and keeps it in place by putting pressure on it.
After the age of 45, the vitreous starts to lose its gelling qualities which translate to shrinkage and floating of protein strings. The shrinkage may lead to retinal detachment and tear and the floaters disrupt the vision.
Also, the blood vessels in the retina may rupture and cause vitreous hemorrhage.
If these conditions become severe, the vitreous will be removed, damaged areas will be repaired, and the cavity will be filled with silicone oil or gas to provide the pressure. This procedure is called a vitrectomy. Trauma and eye infection are the other causes that can lead to vitrectomy.
In some cases, patients are required to sleep on their stomach in the prone position (lying face down) for several days to heal properly.
The condition is usually without symptoms. However, the common symptoms that indicate the need for vitrectomy are as follows:
•Sudden rise in the number of floaters although small which gets worse after sleeping
•Light flashes in the peripheral vision
- It is notable that Individual leaflets based on the patient/client plan will be offered to you including instructions before and after procedure and also for upcoming follow-up. During your staying in Iran, you will be fully supported by Exon English and Arabic translation team, who will be happy to assist with any concerns or queries that arise.
Vitrectomy procedures are an effective surgery and complications are rare. In rare cases, however, complications can occur. Based on an individual plan the specialist informs the client of any possible risks.
Please bear in mind that if the gas bubble is used to provide the pressure in your eye, flying at altitudes over 500 m above the sea level is forbidden.
- It is forbidden to fly in an airplane or travel up higher than 500 meters above the sea level if your surgeon used the gas bubble.
- This package information is provided by the scientific team ofExon Health Paradise Co. and is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider for advice about a specific medical condition.