The delicacy of the eyes makes it imperative the vitrectomy recovery process is followed and completed optimally. The first phases of vitrectomy recovery are crucial to the patient’s long-term recovery, and begin the moment the patient is ready to leave the hospital. Knowing what to expect during the first phases of vitrectomy recovery, and what instructions need to be followed immediately after a vitrectomy, puts some of a patient’s concerns at ease.
Patients often want to know how much pain can be expected immediately following a vitrectomy or detached retina surgery. Slight discomfort around the eye is normal, but the patient should not experience extreme pain unless infection, retinal detachment, or another complication, has occurred. A vitrectomy patient’s eye often undergoes mild swelling and discomfort slowly alleviated in a couple weeks.
Patients should not expect perfect vision during the first phases of vitrectomy recovery. If the vitrectomy was done for a vitreous hemorrhage, a small amount of leftover blood will cause cloudiness of vision. The hemorrhage should clear in the first days of vitrectomy recovery. If the hemorrhage doesn’t clear, it will have to be removed by suctioning the fluid in the eye and replacing it with a gas bubble. The gas bubble will slowly disappear and be replaced by clear fluid made by the eye. A few weeks are required for the gas bubble to completely disappear and vision to return.
Patients undergoing a vitrectomy due to retinal detachment may experience a few weeks of inflammation and cloudy vision. In a retinal detachment surgery, gas is used to press the retina against the back wall of the eye. A patient’s vision will not return until the gas bubble disappears.
For vitrectomy recovery to be a long-term success, a patient must follow the ophthalmologist’s instructions for the initial phases of vitrectomy recovery. A large percentage of vitrectomy and retina surgeries require a gas bubble to be placed in the eye to hold the retina in position. To ensure this happens patients must remain in a face down position 24 hours a day, for a minimum of 5 days. Facedown Rental provides vitrectomy recovery equipment such as a chair, sleep support, and a headrest to help vitrectomy recovery patients remain in this face down posture.
Patients in the first phases of vitrectomy recovery often need medicinal eye drops and an eye patch or a metal shield. Ophthalmologists often prescribe eye drops for the first few weeks of vitrectomy recovery. The eye drops are dilating, steroidal, or pressure-lowering. Eye patches are worn for up to one week, though they are not part of the healing process. Metal shields offer increased eye protection, but are rarely used.
The first week is the most restricting phase of vitrectomy recovery. By the end of the first week most vitrectomy recovery patients can drive a car and return to work. Strenuous activity or exercise should be avoided until at least the second week. However, each patient and each surgery require different recovery times and procedures. Please consult your doctor regarding any specific restrictions or with any questions.
Facedown Rental’s vitrectomy recovery equipment is essential to successfully completing the first phases of vitrectomy recovery. The face down recovery process is near impossible to accomplish without Facedown Rental’s recovery chair and sleep support. If you or someone you love will be undergoing a vitrectomy or retina surgery, face down recovery equipment will be essential to the healing process. Contact Facedown Rental now to have the best vitrectomy rental equipment on hand to start the vitrectomy recovery process on the right foot.