Emulsification of silicone oil in the eye, does this require immediate medical attention?



United Kingdom
Did you perform any surgery for the eyes?

Retinal detachment surgery, I think it was a vitrectomy with silicone oil insertion inside the eye. 

Do you suffer from pre-existing illnesses in the eye?
Do you suffer from any diseases in the body?
Do you use any eye drops?

I was given eye drops for the first few weeks after the surgical procedure. I don’t take them anymore.

Do you wear Contact lenses or Eyeglasses?

I wear glasses.





I think the silicone oil in my eye has emulsified as there’s a strange liquid at the top of my eye, furthermore when looking downwards my vision becomes foggy.

I was curious as to whether this requires immediate medical attention as due to the coronavirus outbreak I’d rather stay away from the hospital. I have attached a photo of the eye.

Thank you




Thanks for your Question

You are right this is silicone oil emulsification at the top of your eye. The silicon should be removed from your eye but it is not an urgent procedure. It can wait for few weeks.

If it possible, you can call your surgeon and ask for his recommendations.




Picture of the eye which has silicone oil inserted in. See top of eye.