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Vitrectomy

Overview

The vitreous is a normally clear, gel-like substance that fills the center of the eye.  It makes up approximately 2/3 of the eye's volume, giving it form and shape before birth.  Certain problems affecting the back of the eye may require a vitrectomy, or surgical removal of the vitreous.  After a vitrectomy, the vitreous is replaced as the eye secretes aqueous and nutritive fluids. 

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