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A vitrectomy is a type of eye surgery an ophthalmologist may perform to treat certain problems with the eye’s retina, macula, or vitreous (the jelly-like substance that fills the middle of the eye).

During a vitrectomy, your ophthalmologist removes any vitreous that may be causing strain or problems for the macula or retina. Then, a filler bubble made of gas, saline, or oil is put inside the eye to replace the removed vitreous. Vitrectomy is commonly used in treating: