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I had a vitroctomy for a macular hole on April 24th. A gas

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I had a vitroctomy for a macular hole on April 24th. A gas bubble was inserted and I I


had to lay face down fof 10. Days. The post op exam showed the debris from previous laser surgeries to repair retinal tears worked--but the macular hole was still there. I fee like make sight has not improved and maybe has decreased. I only have perifrial vision but a blank in my central vision area--botXXXXX XXXXXne, I cannot read with this eye. The doctor said there was a good chance that macular hole would heal I f he inserted a larger gas bubble and I laid face down for 6 weeks. If I go through this ordeal, ill end up with a cataract, but that can be removed. I scheduled the surgery for this coming Wednesday. I hope I'm making the right decision. My work is 90% on the computer. If lose my eyes, I lose my job. What do you think I should do about the surgery? Kim
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Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 1 year ago.

Doctor DanB : Hello and thanks for your question. Are you available to chat?
Doctor DanB : First of all, I think your chances of having a cataract are already significantly increased because of the vitrectomy that you had initially. So I wouldn't worry about your risk of that increasing with a second retinal surgery. I do think you'll need a cataract out. But given that this first retinal surgery was not successful in restoring your sight, I do think it is worthwhile to try to surgery. Even though it does require significant postoperative position, to restore your function to work I think it is likely worth it. Does this make sense?
Doctor DanB : Do you have any other questions about this?
Customer: Yes, it does make sense. Thank you for your quick response. I guess I just needed reassurance that I was on a reasonable path. I have read where UK doctors do vitrectomy and cateract procedures simultaneously; but US doctors don't agree with this protocol. Is this true? I appreciate your comments. Kim
Doctor DanB : Well, I think it's not so much that they don't agree with it so much as not wanting to do an unnecessary procedure. While most people do have cataracts form as a side effect of vitrectomy, it doesn't happen with everyone and to take out someone's lens who wouldn't have gone on to need a cataract surgery induces unnecessary risk to that person.
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