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Blind area after vitrectomy

Can someone please help me? I had vitrectomy 20 days ago in my left eye for retina detachment in the macular area where I already had a hole. Before surgery I only had blurred vision in the center, the peripheral sight was perfect. I have a very myopic eye. A vitrectomy was performed. I was told it took 3 hours as there was a lot of peeling to do, and hard to do, but was successful. As the days went by, and I kept my head down, I saw the gas bubble little by little and more and more light coming into the eye. I started to perceive the light and more and more the surrounding. But as soon as my sight became clearer I noticed that a large area going from the center of my view all the way to the right including the peripheral area was totally dark, no light even the strongest can be perceived. So as soon as I noticed this a week ago, I saw the doctor and he said there was blood in that area and she could not understand why it had not reabsorbed. Until now the big blind area is still there. My doctor doesn't say much, I will go back next week. Can you help me? I am scared!
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711220 tn?1251891127
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This is very unusual.  A vitrectomy for a macular hole should take 20 to 30 minutes.  Please get a second opinion.

Dr. O.
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thank you for your reply. THis is a rather famous retina expert who also does research. She said it took long because there was a lot of peeling and lots of vitreous residuals to get rid of. In the blind area she said there is blood, everywhere else it reabsorbed but not there. Have you ever seen this happen, blood that does not reabsorb? If so what are the possible solutions?
You say to get another opinion, as she operated me, and I did a lot of research to get a very good one, what kind of person should I look for? How do I know if someone is good? After all when I chose her I had seen 3 different doctors.
Thank you so much for your time!
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Please   tell me if the dark area in your eye had gone ... I had the same surgery same symptom of dark area from my nasal side diagonally half of the vision is not there it's my 10 th day after surgery and the bubble is small.

Thanks
M. S.
That post is from 2012.  You might leave a note on the person's home page. Also read more recent posts about people with RD surgery and gas and air bubbles in the eye.
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hello,
I had a vitrectomy surgery after retinal detachment 3 weeks ago...the bubble in my eye has reduced in size..however now i see a black area that starts from my nasal side towards the centre of my vision..blocking the whole half...I went to the surgeon who performed the surgery...he said everything looked fine and that the black area should disappear with the bubble...its been 10days and there is no change in the black area however the bubble has reduced in size quite a bit....im very worried and need to know what that black area is...like is it a blind spot or what....it moves with the movement of my eye...
Thank you so much ..
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Please please Tahira tell me if the dark area in your eye had gone ... I had the same surgery same symptom of dark area from my nasal side diagonally half of the vision is not there it's my 10 th day after surgery and the bubble is small.

Thanks
M. S.
Hi tahira. Same problem for me...
I am on my 6th month after vitreonomy.  Doctor says eye is fine. Has given me contact lens.but black area is there. Please tell if yours has become fine..pls pls
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177275 tn?1511755244
That post is from 2012 and the only post that person did. Not likely you'll bet an answer. Use the search feature there are many discussions about  that type of surgery in the past year.
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I can't find anything ... Can u help please.
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JimmyJack, I've been there - I understand your need for reassurance.  Unfortunately, you may not get it.   If your surgeons tell you that your retina is re-attached and flat, there's nothing really to do but wait to see where your vision ends up.  It takes a long time to recover from a retinal detachment/vitrectomy/bubble.  I'm at over a year and am still experiencing small changes (for the better) in that eye.  

At 10 days after the first surgery I was still panicking - all I can say is that you experience a lot of visual weirdness (flashes, discomfort, weird light refractions, etc.), and you won't even begin to have a good idea what your vision will look like until the bubble is completely gone and the vitreous replacement fluid gets clearer.  Even then, it's just an idea. You may have some vision loss.  

Make sure your retina is re-attached, and be patient.  That's about all you can do at this stage.
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Thanks Chazas
Thank you for your reply. As my case exactly like Tahira13 and Champaigny. Am afraid of visual field loss !!!  That would be davistating as the bubble is almost gone it's nothing to mention very small and still I have same exact description as Tahita13 and Champaigny. Does optic nerve damage God forbid  recover !?  Or peripheral visual field loss recover !!?

I have a meeting with my surgeon this week.. Let's hope and pray God for the best.

Thanks.
M. S.
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For everyone that has these symptoms. You must do what I did. I did a test called fluorescein eye test. It appears that for unknown reason sometimes  after vetrectomy surgery with general anesthesia, you get a slow flow of blood to the eye choroid. To make a long story short I was diagnosed with: choroidal hypoperfusion. And it seems that this specific area gets little blood from the blood vessels. And That makes a dark area in  Your eyes.  The doctors said it should go back to normal by time like "weeks to "months" , but all doctors said that's a very extremely rare case to have your chorid have such thing, and it has nothing clear connection with the vitrectomy surgery, but for sure something related !!  But no one ever knows why it happens to this specific area where it reflects darkness at the nasal corner peripheral vision of your eye passing by the center of your vision. No one knows !!!!!   God help and bless and may all recover 100% soon.  I would guess that's what Tagira has and Champaigny as well. Again it's called.   " choroidal hypoperfusion ".

Thanks

M. S.  

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