There is no single way to treat retinal conditions. There are a number of different treatment options including eye drops, injections and surgery.
A vitrectomy involves removing the vitreous gel using the smallest, most advanced surgical technique available – no stitches are needed. It is performed under a local anaesthetic in a day surgery and takes from 30 to 45 minutes. Once the vitreous is removed, the fluid is replaced with air. A vitrectomy may be needed for a person suffering:
Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) is a chemical that is present in all parts of the body, including the retina. An excess of VEGF can lead to leakage of the capillaries or the growth of abnormal blood vessels. Injection of drugs that block the action of VEGF – Anti-VEGF – will stop new vessels growing and prevent worsening of vision. This is successful in nearly 95% of patients, with up to 40% of patients finding improvement in vision. However, there is no permanent ‘one-treatment’ cure, and patients will most likely require regular injections. Intravitreal steroid injections.
As Australia’s leading provider of ophthalmic services, we have the ability to ensure our clinics have the latest equipment. However, the latest technology is only as good as the person who uses it – which is why Vision Eye Institute boasts some of the finest retinal surgeons in Australia.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek an opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. Information on this page is not to be used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment of any health condition or problem.