A Macular Pucker is layer of scar tissue that forms on the macula, which is located in the center of the retina. The macula provides sharp central vision used for fine detail vision. When a macular pucker develops, the patient’s central vision is impaired.
Symptoms of a Macular Pucker
Macular puckers have similar symptoms as other eye diseases, such as:
- Blurred central vision
- Straight lines appear wavy
- Difficulty seeing fine detail such as threading a needle or reading small print
- Gray or cloudy area in the central vision
Treatment for a Macular Pucker
Macular puckers are treated with vitrectomy surgery to remove a thin layer of the scar tissue. This an out-patient surgery that usually takes about 45 minutes. It takes several weeks to months for the retina to heal, and the patient should experience a noticeable improvement in vision. For most patients surgery is not needed. Surgery should only be considered when the macular pucker interferes with the patient’s everyday life.
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