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Question:
How do the sizes of a silicone oil bubble versus a gas air bubble compare in a vitrectomy (a surgery that removes the vitreous gel inside of the eye)?

Answer:
After a vitrectomy, the surgeon often will fill the vitreous cavity of the eye with either a gas bubble or silicone oil in order to help close any retinal holes and reattach the retina. Regardless of what type of bubble is used, the goal is to fill the vitreous cavity as completely as possible; the size of the bubbles is essentially the same.

Answered by: Paul Sternberg Jr., MD Dr. Paul Sternberg

Categories: Eye Surgery

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Answered: Apr 14, 2014

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