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Surgical Retina

At Central Sydney Eye Surgeons, our team of ophthalmologists are sub-specialist medical retina surgeons with extensive experience performing routine and complex vitreoretinal surgery.

Surgical retina refers to the sub-specialty within ophthalmology that focuses on surgical procedures to treat conditions of the retina and vitreous, which are the innermost layers of the eye.

The retina is a thin layer of tissue at the back of the eye that contains light-sensitive cells called photoreceptors. These cells are responsible for capturing light and transmitting visual signals to the brain, allowing us to see.

Common Surgical Retina Procedures:

  • Purpose: Removal of the vitreous gel from the eye, often to allow access to the retina.
  • Indications: Retinal detachment, vitreous hemorrhage, macular hole, and certain complications of diabetic retinopathy, among other conditions.
  • Purpose: Repairing a detached retina to prevent permanent vision loss.
  • Approaches: Pneumatic retinopexy, scleral buckle, or vitrectomy, depending on the characteristics of the detachment.
  • Purpose: To close a hole in the macula (the central portion of the retina responsible for detailed central vision).
  • Procedure: Often involves a vitrectomy and the insertion of a gas bubble to facilitate hole closure.
  • Purpose: Removal of a thin, fibrous sheet (epiretinal membrane) causing distortion of the macula.
  • Procedure: Involves a vitrectomy to gain access to the retinal surface and then carefully peeling the membrane away.
  • Purpose: To manage complications arising from diabetic retinopathy, such as vitreous hemorrhage or tractional retinal detachment.
  • Approaches: Can involve vitrectomy and additional procedures as required to manage the specific complications.

Surgical retina procedures can vary in complexity and may be performed using various techniques, including vitrectomy (removal of the vitreous gel), retinal laser surgery, retinal detachment repair, and other approaches. These procedures are typically carried out by ophthalmologists who have received sub-specialised training in the field, also known as Vitreoretinal Surgeons.

If you are experiencing any symptoms related to your vision, please contact us to make an appointment with one of our medical retina specialists to discuss the best treatment options for you.

Our Surgical Retina Specialists‚Äč