Vitrectomy

Care After

Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your caregiver may also give you more specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your caregiver if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • If you are instructed to stay in a certain position for a certain amount of time, it is important to do so. Positions include sitting up or lying on your back. The reasons for certain positioning depends on the reason you had the surgery and the type of vitrectomy performed. Ask your caregiver if you have to remain in a certain position for a certain amount of time.  

  • Wear your eye patch for the first day, or as directed by your caregiver.

  • Keep the area around your eye clean and dry.

  • Put any eyedrops in your eyes as directed by your caregiver.

  • Wear the plastic shield over your eye when you sleep if you are instructed to do so. This is to protect the eye from being accidentally bumped or jabbed, or having too much pressure put on it.

  • Avoid any strenuous physical activity for as long as directed by your caregiver. This includes bending over, lifting anything over 5 pounds (2.3 kg), or straining. Talk to your caregiver about when it may be safe to resume sexual activity.

  • If any of your regular medicines were stopped before surgery, carefully follow your caregiver's instructions about which medicines to restart and when to restart them. You may be instructed not to use blood thinners or aspirin.

  • Continue with your normal diet unless directed otherwise by your caregiver. If you are diabetic, stay on your diabetic diet, or use your insulin as directed by your caregiver.

  • It is okay to use your other eye for reading and watching television.

  • Do not drive a car or use contact lenses until your caregiver says it is okay.  

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • Your eye becomes very red or painful.

  • You develop any pus or discharge from the eye.

  • You have chills.

  • Your eyelids on either eye become swollen or stuck shut.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You have a fever.

  • You notice a change in vision in either eye.

  • You see more floaters or spots in front of your vision.

  • Part of your side vision is black and you cannot see through it. It may feel like a shade is being pulled toward the center of your vision from any direction.