July 30, 2015
Wolfe Eye Clinic Surgeon Presents Vitrectomy Research to American Society of Retina Specialists
Wolfe Eye Clinic surgeon Jared S. Nielsen, M.D., presented research on July 12th at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Retina Specialists in Vienna, Austria. The research showed that using less invasive, smaller instruments does not prolong the length of a vitrectomy procedure for patients.
"We were able to show that using these smaller, less invasive instruments does not make the surgery longer for patients. Patients usually recover faster, with fewer complications. It's a win-win situation as technology advances to help preserve and restore vision."
- Jared S. Nielsen, M.D.
In addition to Dr. Nielsen's presentation, "Comparison of 27 and 25g for Vitrectomy Surgery," he also participated in an expert panel on retina surgery with other respected vitreoretinal surgeons from around the world.
Vitrectomy is the surgical removal of the vitreous gel from the middle of the eye. This type of retina surgery may be done because removing the vitreous gel gives the doctor better access to the retina, or back of the eye. It may also be removed if blood in the vitreous gel (vitreous hemorrhage) does not clear on its own.
During a vitrectomy, the surgeon suctions out the vitreous gel. After removing the gel, the surgeon may treat the retina with a laser (photocoagulation), peel fibrous or scar tissue from the retina, flatten areas where the retina had become detached, or repair tears or holes in the retina. At the end of the surgery, silicone oil or a gas is injected into the eye to replace the vitreous gel and restore normal pressure in the eye.
For more information visit our Retinal Detachment page.