Vitrectomy Specialist

Austin Eye Center

Retina Specialist located in Austin, TX

If you have an eye disorder that puts your vision at risk, a procedure called vitrectomy at Austin Eye Center can address the disorder and preserve your eyesight. Conveniently located in Austin, Texas, the practice features Fuad Makkouk, MD, a Yale University fellowship-trained surgical retina specialist. He performs vitrectomy to correct macular holes and tears, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, and more. To learn more, call today or book a consultation online.


What is vitrectomy?

Vitrectomy is an eye surgery that treats problems involving your eye's retina or vitreous, which is a jellylike substance in the middle of your eye. In this surgery, Dr. Makkouk removes the vitreous to gain access to your retina and make repairs or to treat conditions like retinal detachment.

Vitrectomy is an outpatient procedure. You'll receive either local or general anesthesia during surgery and can go home the same day. 

Why do I need vitrectomy?

Dr. Makkouk, a fellowship-trained surgical retina specialist, recommends this procedure if you have one of these diseases or conditions:

  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Detached retina
  • Endophthalmitis (eye infection)
  • Severe eye injury

You also may need the surgery to correct a problem with the macula, a small area on your retina that gives you detailed, central vision. Vitrectomy can repair a macular hole or a tear in your macula or correct a macular pucker, which is a crease or wrinkle in your macula. 

In some cases, Dr. Makkouk performs vitrectomy to address certain problems that may happen during cataract surgery.

What happens during a vitrectomy?

Dr. Makkouk makes a small incision in the white of your eye, and then uses a microscope and tiny surgical tools to perform your procedure. In some cases, he uses a laser to repair a torn retina or perform an additional repair inside your eye.  

He then places an air bubble or gas bubble in your eye. The bubble, which helps your retina remain in the proper position, goes away naturally over time.

Your procedure may take one to several hours, and after the procedure the surgical team will monitor you as you recover from anesthesia. You will generally go home the same day after surgery.

How do I recover from a vitrectomy?

Dr. Makkouk will prescribe any necessary eye drops for use usually up to four weeks, and certain positioning may be required afterwards depending on the type of surgery. 

Dr. Makkouk will place an eye patch immediately after surgery, which will be removed the following day, to protect your eye. He lets you know when you can safely resume all of your normal activities.

If you've been told you need surgery to correct an eye problem, trust your vision to the expertise of Dr. Makkouk, a fellowship-trained surgical retina specialist. Call Austin Eye Center today or schedule a consultation online to see if vitrectomy can help you.