Vitrectomy Surgery


The vitreous is a clear, jelly-like substance within the eyeball. Some conditions cause the vitreous to become cloudy, clumped or bloody, leading to poor vision. In these cases, a Temple vitreoretinal surgeon may need to remove the vitreous with a procedure called vitrectomy. Vitrectomy may also be needed to allow unrestricted access to the retina when treating certain retinal conditions, such as retinal detachment.

At Temple, vitrectomy is often performed when treating the following conditions including:

  • Retinal detachment
  • Eye floaters
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Macular pucker
  • Macular holes
  • Vitreous hemorrhage

During vitrectomy, a vitreoretinal surgeon creates a small incision in the eye and removes the vitreous with a tiny vacuum tube. The vitreous is permanently removed from the eye and will be replaced by natural ocular fluid. Fortunately, vitreous is only essential during early childhood development and is not necessary in healthy adult eyes.

Following surgery, many patients experience improved visual acuity. Some will experience mild discomfort or redness for a few days after the surgery, which can be relieved by Tylenol or prescription pain medication, if necessary.

To schedule an appointment with a Temple ophthalmologist, click here or call 1-800-TEMPLE-MED (1-800-836-7536).