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Vitrectomy is surgery to remove the vitreous gel from the middle of your eye. You may need a vitrectomy if you have retinal detachment or blood in your vitreous gel. You may also need a vitrectomy if your lens is displaced or there is a hole in your macula.

Lateral cut-away of the Right Eye



  • Medicines can help decrease pain or prevent an infection.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

You may need to return to have your eyes checked. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Wear your eye patch:

The eye patch will help protect your eye from infection and injury. A metal or plastic shield may be placed on top of the bandage. Ask when you can remove the eye shield and bandage.

Eye Patch Eye Shield

Wound care:

Care for your wound as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty. Do not touch or rub your eye. Ask when you can bathe.

Ask when you can return to your usual activities:

Do not travel by plane or go to places at high altitude. Do not drive until your vision becomes clear.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever or chills.
  • Your eye is red, swollen, or draining pus.
  • You see spots or lines in your vision.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You have severe eye pain.
  • Your eyesight becomes blurry.
  • You suddenly cannot see.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.