Retinal Eye Surgery
What is retinal surgery?
Some retinal conditions are medical emergencies, as they can threaten your sight. Conditions such as a detached retina require urgent treatment to prevent permanent loss of vision.
The most common modern retinal surgical procedure is a Pars Plana Vitrectomy (PPV). This surgery removes the vitreous humour (a gel-like substance within the interior of the eye), allowing the retinal surgeon to perform a variety of procedures, including removal of scar tissue, laser repair of retinal breaks, and repair of macular holes.
Conditions we treat
How long does it take to recover from retinal surgery?
Recovery from eye surgery will depend upon the condition being treated and the specific procedure. This will be discussed during your initial consult prior to any treatment, along with the relevant risks and side effects of the proposed treatment.
Recovery from pars plana vitrectomy (PPV) usually takes 2 to 3 weeks. However, it may sometimes take up to 3 months for your retina to completely heal and to achieve your best final vision. If you have air or gas placed in your eye as part of your PPV, you are not able to drive, fly, or ascend to high altitudes while the air or gas remains in your eye. You will also need to take care with general anaesthetics during your recovery, as these may cause issues with elevated eye pressure.