Cornea and external eye diseases

Retina & vitreous surgery

Our staff is experienced in the various surgeries to correct diseases and disorders of the retina and macula (the center of the retina). Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center is the only southeastern Wisconsin center designed solely for eye surgery.

The kinds of problems that effect the retina or macula include:

  • Macular hole
  • Epi-retinal membrane
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Retinal detachment

These problems may require a vitrectomy, or surgical removal of the jelly-like substance near the back of the eye. A vitrectomy is also performed to clear blood and scar tissue in the eye that could be related to previous eye surgery.

The retinal surgeon may use special techniques along with vitrectomy to treat your eye. The length of surgery depends upon whether any of these techniques are needed. These techniques include:

  • Sealing blood vessels with a laser
  • Using a gas bubble to seal the macular hole and to keep the retina in position
  • Using silicone oil to keep to keep the retina in position

St. Luke's will continue to set the standard for eye care in the community and achieving the goal of improving your vision.