What can I expect after the operation?

Temporary poor vision

With the gas in place, the vision in your eye will be very poor a bit like having your eye open under water.

Your balance will be affected and you'll have trouble judging distances, so be aware of steps and kerbs. You may have problems with activities such as pouring liquids or picking up objects.

In the 7-10 days after the operation, the gas bubble slowly shrinks. As this happens, the space that was taken up by the gas fills with the natural fluid made by your eye and your vision should start toimprove.

It generally takes six to eight weeks for the gas to become absorbed and for vision to improve.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018