Epiretinal membrane is also known as macula pucker or cellophane maculopathy. Recovery after vitrectomy surgery to remove this fine scar tissue covering the macula can take up to 3 months. Surgery is only done if the patient notices distortion of vision , in other words, if straight lines look wavy or out of shape. Some patients may have symptoms for many months before deciding to have surgery. Visual recovery after surgery depends on how long the epiretinal membrane has been there. The longer it has been causing the symptoms, the longer it will take for visual improvement to be seen.
Vitrectomy surgery is now done with modern small incisions that do not require sutures. A small air bubble is usually left in the eyeball at the end of surgery to help close up the incision site. This air bubble will dissolve by itself after a few days. If there are no complications that happen during the vitrectomy surgery, like retinal detachment, the patient does not need to sleep with their face facing downwards. Special posturing is only needed after surgery for retinal diseases like macula hole, or , retinal detachment.
1. Wear an eye shield at night to prevent accidental rubbing of your operated eye while asleep
2. Use eye drops as instructed by your doctor
3. Avoid heavy lifting or straining for 1 week after surgery
4. Avoid getting water in your eye for 3 days after surgery. No swimming for at least 1 month after surgery!
5. Any type of food is fine after surgery but some traditions may tell you to avoid spicy food and seafood. This is entirely up to you.
More details can be found here: http://www.thestar.com.my/Lifestyle/Health/2011/11/27/Care-for-eye-surgery.aspx
Vitrectomy surgery for epiretinal membrane is safe and painless. Recovery is very quick and most patients can see an improvement within 2 weeks after surgery. The redness around the eye will take 2 weeks to disappear. You will see a small bubble moving around the eye and it will blur your vision for a few days after surgery. It will then dissolve by itself naturally. You may also see some floaters in the eye and this will also disappear. Sometimes, cataract can develop after vitrectomy surgery and cataract surgery is then needed.
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A cataract is clouding of the lens in your eye. This is usually due to old age but can also occur due to trauma, diabetes, or due to medications.
Cataract surgery is done when the lens in your eye has become cloudy making it difficult for you to see well enough to carry out your usual daily activities. If the cataract is not removed, your vision may stay the same, but it will probably gradually get worse. Waiting for a longer period of time may make the operation more difficult. If you are considering surgery, please let the doctor know if you are taking the following medications: Flomax (Tamsulosin), Doxazosin, Asprin, or any blood thinning drugs like Warfarin, Plavix or Ticlid (Dipyradimole). These medications may need to be stopped before surgery.
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