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How long before the blood in the vitreous dissapears completely.

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How long before the blood in the vitreous dissapears completely. Its been four weeks and about 80% has left field of visio.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.

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Dr. Rick :

The blood can take pretty long to absorb. I have seen cases where it takes over 2 months for the blood to settle down out of the visual field and absorb enough to stop being a bother.

Customer:

Thank you

Dr. Rick :

If the blood doesn't continue to absorb on it's own, or if it is extensive and non-clearing after 4 to 6 months it can be removed by surgery (vitrectomy) In select cases vitrectomy may be needed sooner.

Dr. Rick :

The timing of a vitrectomy to remove intraocular blood was studied as it applies to diabetic patients and it was found that these individuals did better if the blood was surgically removed prior to 6 months (early treatment group). I do not believe this study can be generalized and applied to patients such as yourself who have experienced a vitreous hemorrhage secondary to a retinal tear caused by traction.

Dr. Rick :

In my practice I tend not to rush to surgery in cases like yours.

Dr. Rick :

Since you have already noted an 80% improvement in your vitreous blood I do not believe you have anything to worry about at this time nor would think about surgery :)

Dr. Rick :

Does this make sense to you

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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
Let me know if there are there any other concerns or issues you would like to discuss on this topic.