About a Vitrectomy
Dr. Shalesh Kaushal is an Ocala, FL board-certified retina surgeon who offers the vitrectomy procedure to treat retinal detachments. This occurs when the vitreous gel found between the retina and the lens moves and becomes detached, leading to serious vision problems and vision loss. During a vitrectomy surgery, a portion of the fluid is removed to alleviate some of the problematic eye conditions that occur as a result of a detachment. With some of the vitreous removed, it also allows Dr. Kaushal better access to the retina. Removing this fluid can help restore vision and repair eye problems for many patients. Dr. Kaushal is a known and well-respected retina specialist offering vitrectomy and many other advanced treatments for patients with retinal disease.
What to Expect
The severity and complexity of a retinal detachment can vary among patients. Depending on your specific case, the vitrectomy procedure can be performed with either a local numbing agent or with general anesthesia. In most cases, the treatment takes approximately 2 – 3 hours. After tiny incisions are made, Dr. Kaushal will cut the vitreous and remove it from the eye using special surgical instruments. This process is very delicate and precise, and Dr. Kaushal takes great care to remove enough fluid so that he can focus on the retina. Once the fluid is removed, he will repair the damaged area with either laser treatment or surgery. In addition, any scar tissue surrounding the retina will be removed. To complete this surgical process, Dr. Kaushal will inject a gas or silicone oil bubble into the eye to make the retina lightly press against the eye wall. This is to keep the retina protected. This oil generally is not absorbed by the body, so an additional treatment may be necessary at a later date to remove the oil from the eye.
"I have never been treated by a more competent, caring and knowledgeable physician since arriving in Florida 22 years ago. His caring and treatment exceeds any rating offered. Simply said, if you do not set an appointment with Dr. Kaushal, you are making a huge mistake. He has saved the vision in one eye and improved my eyesight beyond where it was many years ago. I was treated by him in Orlando, will definitely make the trip to his new location, and change my insurance plan, so that I can remain under his care. Thank you, Dr. Kaushal, for all that you have accomplished in treating the Wet Macular Degeneration in my eye."- C.G. / Healthgrades / Sep 28, 2019
"If you have an eye condition and want to preserve what vision you have then Dr. Kaushal and his staff are the best you can find anywhere. My family has been fortunate to know this doctor and benefit from his collaborative approach to medicine. Every patient is special to this group. We highly recommend."- P.O. / Google / Mar 20, 2019
"Excellent doctor on all levels. If u have any eye problems. This is the kindest, experienced, advance thinking doctor u will ever have."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Mar 12, 2019
"He is the best there is he has treated me for almost a year.I don't mind waiting when I have the best doctor and he's out for my best interest and I've never had to wait more than 30 minutes so he's just an awesome doctor he's worth the wait trustI me ??"- S.T. / Google / Dec 04, 2018
"Dr Kaushal is highly knowledgeable and personable. I have trusted my vision to his excellent care for many years."- B.B. / Google / Nov 04, 2018
After vitrectomy surgery, most patients notice a significant improvement in the visual acuity (sharpness) of their eyesight, and the appearance of floaters or flashes of light decreases or goes away. For several weeks following surgery, patients will need to avoid strenuous activities (such as heavy lifting) and avoid added pressure on the eyes (such as riding in an airplane). It is also important to recognize that the gas bubble inserted during surgery will require careful aftercare. For example, the face may have to be kept down and the patient may have to sleep on a certain side. It generally takes a few weeks for the gas bubble to fully dissolve.
Call Our OFfice Today
To treat a number of retinal conditions, including retinal detachments, Dr. Kaushal performs vitrectomies with outstanding results. Using his extensive training and experience, Dr. Kaushal uses the most advanced techniques and methods to produce optimal outcomes. He is passionate about maintaining the health of his patients' vision, and works with each of them to prevent ongoing problems while effectively treating the condition at hand.