• Should I worry if my retinal surgery bubble has broken into two bubbles?


    Question:

    I had a vitrectomy (surgery done for problems of the retina, in the back of the eye) to repair a macular hole three weeks ago but it seems the gas bubble has expanded, causing a second bubble. Should I be worried?


    Answer:

    Sometimes when the bubbles dissipate inside the eye, they can break up into smaller bubbles. They can also coalesce again into a single bubble. As long as the bubbles move around in the eye the same way as the bubble was moving previously, that generally would be fine. Be sure to discuss this and any other symptoms experienced during your recovery with your ophthalmologist.


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