Vitreoretinal surgery is used to treat a number of conditions. Some of the most common conditions that may require a vitrectomy are:

  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Epiretinal membrane
  • Floaters
  • Macular hole
  • Retinal detachment
  • Vitreous haemorrhage

While these conditions may all require a vitrectomy, they are very different conditions, and visual results can vary depending on the underlying condition and its severity. Your specialist will always discuss your treatment and its expected outcomes with you, so that you have the best idea what to expect after surgery.

What is a vitrectomy?

In a vitrectomy, the vitreous (a clear, gel-like fluid inside your eye) is removed to enable your surgeon to carry out treatments that cannot be performed with the fluid in place.

Procedure time

At many clinics, vitreoretinal surgery is still an in-patient procedure that requires you to stay overnight. But here at Eye Institute the latest surgical techniques mean your vitrectomy can be performed under local anaesthetic, and in most cases will only take around an hour. You’ll then be able to return home almost straight away.

Vitreoretinal surgery at Eye Institute is highly advanced, and performed by three surgeons who have significant experience in this field.

Our techniques mean that for almost all patients:

  • General anaesthetic, with its risks, is not required
  • Patients can go home on the day of the surgery and don’t need to stay in hospital
  • No sutures are required (keyhole surgery)
  • No worries - sedation provided by a specialist anaesthetist, if you desire


There’s no need to stay overnight for vitreoretinal surgery any more, thanks to Eye Institute’s state-of-the-art day stay facilities.

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