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Retinal, Vitreal And Vitreo-Retinal Treatments

At Eye Health Vision Centers we have extensive experience with the diagnosis and treatment of retinal and vitreal conditions; including both surgical and non-surgical procedures. To understand retinal, vitreal and vitreo-retinal surgery, you must first understand the interaction of:

  • the retina (i.e., the membrane of visual receptors lining the back 80% of the eye) which simplistically speaking serves functionally as the “photographic film” for the human system; and
  • the vitreous (i.e., the jelly-filled cavity which maintains the shape of the eye ball and holds the retina in place)

Because the health of each of these parts is critical to the function of the other, they are often considered a single “system”. Aging or trauma which impacts one part, will adversely affect the other. Similarly, treatments to one part may also affect the other. Thus, regardless of the underlying cause (aging or trauma), retinal surgery is very often accompanied by vitreal surgery or intra-vitreal injections.

There are several very different types of vitreo-retinal treatments, including:
Laser (Burning with Focused Light) to the Retina For:

  • Age Related Macular Degeneration
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Retinal holes
  • Lattice Degeneration
  • Partial retinal detachments

Cryo-surgery (Burning with Cold) For:

  • Lattice Degeneration
  • Partial retinal detachments

Vitreal Surgery:

  • Vitrectomy where part or all of the vitreous is removed and replaced by air, special gas or fluid for vitreal hemorrhages or during membrane peels or retinal detachment surgery

Intra-vitreal Injections for Circulation Problems Using:

  • Air or other special gas for retinal detachment
  • Steroids for inflammation
  • Anti vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) for neo-vascularization with diabetes, macular degeneration or following vascular occlusion (artery or vein)

Retinal & Vitreo-retinal Surgery:

  • Membrane peeling – macular holes and epiretinal membranes
  • Scleral buckling – retinal detachment

The table below relates these procedures to some common retinal conditions.

Retinal & Vitreo-retinal Surgery


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Retinal, Vitreal And Vitreo-Retinal Treatments

At Eye Health Vision Centers we have extensive experience with the diagnosis and treatment of retinal and vitreal conditions; including both surgical and non-surgical procedures. To understand retinal, vitreal and vitreo-retinal surgery, you must first understand the interaction of:

  • the retina (i.e., the membrane of visual receptors lining the back 80% of the eye) which simplistically speaking serves functionally as the “photographic film” for the human system; and
  • the vitreous (i.e., the jelly-filled cavity which maintains the shape of the eye ball and holds the retina in place)

Because the health of each of these parts is critical to the function of the other, they are often considered a single “system”. Aging or trauma which impacts one part, will adversely affect the other. Similarly, treatments to one part may also affect the other. Thus, regardless of the underlying cause (aging or trauma), retinal surgery is very often accompanied by vitreal surgery or intra-vitreal injections.

There are several very different types of vitreo-retinal treatments, including:
Laser (Burning with Focused Light) to the Retina For:

  • Age Related Macular Degeneration
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Retinal holes
  • Lattice Degeneration
  • Partial retinal detachments

Cryo-surgery (Burning with Cold) For:

  • Lattice Degeneration
  • Partial retinal detachments

Vitreal Surgery:

  • Vitrectomy where part or all of the vitreous is removed and replaced by air, special gas or fluid for vitreal hemorrhages or during membrane peels or retinal detachment surgery

Intra-vitreal Injections for Circulation Problems Using:

  • Air or other special gas for retinal detachment
  • Steroids for inflammation
  • Anti vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) for neo-vascularization with diabetes, macular degeneration or following vascular occlusion (artery or vein)

Retinal & Vitreo-retinal Surgery:

  • Membrane peeling – macular holes and epiretinal membranes
  • Scleral buckling – retinal detachment

The table below relates these procedures to some common retinal conditions.

Retinal & Vitreo-retinal Surgery


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The Greater New Bedford Surgical and Laser Center was opened in 1986 with the express purpose of rendering high quality, state of the art eye surgery to patients of all ages, especially those with cataracts, glaucoma, or cornea disease. The Center is designed specifically with the needs of the patient in mind. The entire process from initial examination to final outcome is conducted in a pleasant comfortable environment.

After a patient decides to have surgery, he or she is assigned his or her own Surgical Counselor who is available to answer questions and provide assistance. These individuals are specially trained to assist the patient throughout the entire surgical experience, including follow up care for as long as necessary. Patients are encouraged to contact their counselor for any questions, no matter how simple or complex.

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