Vitrectomy eye surgery

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2014-04-12 09:17:56 -0500
Started 2014-04-10 18:43:59 -0500

Been type 1 for 15 years. Last year and a half, have been having eye issues. Wondering if anyone has had the vitrectomy eye surgery done and how it went for them. I am having one done in the next month or so. Really nervous as I already can not see out of one eye.

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Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2014-04-11 06:29:42 -0500 Report

I have had 3 of them and understand your anxiety completely. One was a screaming success, the other eye…the surgery worked and cleared things up, but did not stop the process of the retinopathy, so my 3rd one was to remove what they could and pump my eye full of silicone to stop any further damage. Don't be afraid to ask me anything, just be ready for an honest answer. Best of luck.

farmgirl1 2014-04-12 08:56:28 -0500 Report

Thanks for responding. Just wondering how your recovery time went? How long it took to get back to normal or close to it? How was your vision in the eye after the patch was taken off? How was the pain? I know this can be different for everyone but just so I have an idea. Also I like honest answers, good or bad. Thanks again.

Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2014-04-12 09:17:56 -0500 Report

My recovery was weird since both eyes went to hell at the same time. The process was cataract right eye, wait a month, vitrectomy left, wait a month, vitrectomy right, The right eye never came back, so like 6 months later I had another vitrectomy to pump it full of silicone. So I can go off my left for a succesful vitrectomy and after about 1 month the vision was back ok, short term it will be messed up, don't expect much when the patch comes off, you will keep your eye dialated for like a month solid. The vision for me gradually improved over a year. My basis of comparison was that I was legally blind for a minute or 2, so I'm tickled to see again. The pain…when the optical blockers were off…make sure those around you can handle being swore at, the next day is a lot better. If you get a gas bublle, there is no way to prepare for 23 1/2 hours a day of face down, dull aching pain in the neck. There is so much to prpare for and you can't plan for everything.
The wildest, freakiest part for me was my left eye, it had better vision and I could 'see' the surgery happen, a white field with black floaters drawn to a black needle, I screamed like a girl then swore like a sailor and demanded with F words to be knocked all the way out. Its a very intense process, but sitting on this side of it, I'd do it all again, you don't know how much you miss your sight until it's gone. Let me know if you want to know anything else. Hope everything goes well..
Oh yeah, the initial 3 surgeries were almost exactly 3 months from the day I left work until the doc approved me to return with limits. I was so proud to not have to go from short term to long term disability. Remember that was for 3 surgeries though.