How long does it take for macular hole to close after vitrectomy?
A macular hole can often be repaired using an operation called a vitrectomy. The operation is successful in closing the hole in around 9 out of 10 people who’ve had the hole for less than 6 months. If the hole has been present for a year or longer, the success rate will be lower.
How long do I have to stay face down after vitrectomy?
Patients having vitreo-retinal surgery for a macular hole will need to posture face down for 14 days; for other conditions this is only necessary for 5 days.
What is the success rate of macular hole surgery?
Anatomic success rates of macular hole surgery have been reported to be up to 89% without ILM peeling and up to 92% to 97% with peeling. This suggests that, despite ILM peeling, 3% to 8% of macular holes will remain persistently open.
How painful is a vitrectomy?
After the surgery, your eye may be swollen, red, or tender for several weeks. You might have some pain in your eye and your vision may be blurry for a few days after the surgery. You will need 2 to 4 weeks to recover before you can do your normal activities again.
Are you awake during vitrectomy?
The retinal surgeon may perform a vitrectomy either under local or general anaesthetic. If you have a local anaesthetic, you will be awake during surgery. We will dilate (make bigger) your pupil with eye drops first and then instil anaesthetic drops onto your eye.
Can I drive with a macular hole?
Can I still drive when I have a macular hole? Many people with a macular hole are able to carry on driving because it usually only affects their vision in one eye. You’re required by law to tell the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) if you have an eye condition which may affect your vision in both eyes.
Can you watch TV after vitrectomy?
Watching TV and reading will cause no harm. Your vision will remain blurred / poor for several weeks. Often the vision is distorted after surgery. This will vary depending on the type of operation, e.g. if a gas bubble is inserted into the eye, as the bubble shrinks you might see the edge of the bubble.
Can you walk around after vitrectomy?
The best thing to do is to simply relax in bed or in a chair with both eyes closed. You can walk around the house if necessary, but be aware that your balance may be affected by having one eye closed, so move slowly to minimize the risk of a fall. After the first 48 hours, you can slowly increase your activity levels.
What happens if a macular hole is left untreated?
If left untreated, a macular hole can lead to a detached retina. Detached retina is a serious condition that can result in severe vision loss. People with detached retina need immediate medical attention.