How To Recover After A Vitrectomy

When your eyes are healthy, the last thing you probably think of is your eye's basic anatomy. However, in order to keep your eye functioning well, it needs to have all its working components. If the vitreous fluid in your eye has started to cloud your vision and made it difficult to see, then your eye doctor may recommend that you undergo a procedure called a vitrectomy. During this surgery, your doctor will remove the vitreous, which is a jelly-like solution in your eyes, and replace it with a different solution like saline to help you see better. As with any sort of surgical procedure, however, it's important that you take the recovery portion of your surgery as serious as possible. Even though your eye doctor should send you home with some detailed instructions, this article will list a few ways to help make sure that you have a smooth and speedy vitrectomy surgery recovery. Read on to learn more. 

Keep Your Head Elevated

After surgery, you may have a gas bubble in your eye, which is completely normal. To ensure that this gas-like bubble doesn't pop or rupture, try to keep your head elevated for the first day or so as your recover. This means that, even while you sleep, you should make sure that you are sleeping with your head propped up on at least one or two pillows so that the bubble doesn't pop. 

Don't Fly In An Airplane

Similar to keeping your head elevated so that the eye bubble doesn't pop, you should also avoid flying in an airplane over 2,000 feet in the air. Why exactly? The pressure from flying so high can make the eye bubble pop and could lead to an infection or other eye issues. 

Use Antibiotic Drops

Just like any sort of antibiotic, it's important that you use your antibiotic eye drops regularly so that you don't get an infection or have any other complications. If you have any questions about your eye drops, or if you feel like they aren't working very well, make sure that you contact your eye doctor as soon as possible. 

Now that you know a little bit more about recovering from your vitrectomy surgery, you can hopefully have a fast, smooth, and safe recovery. Remember that, if you have any issues during your recovery, you can contact your eye doctor and they can give you answers right away. Companies like See Recovery Solutions LLC can also offer you more information.