Have you noticed changes in your vision or an inability to see fine details? A condition called macular pucker, which occurs when scar tissue forms on the retina, can distort your vision. Fortunately, a procedure called macular pucker repair can help you regain your eye health and prevent further damage. For a personalized consultation, call or visit University Retina at one of their locations in Oak Forest, Bedford Park, Lemont, or Downers Grove, Illinois today. You can also book an appointment online.
Macular pucker refers to scar tissue that forms on the macula, which is present in the center of the retina and which helps you see fine detail (the kind of detail you need to recognize a face or read a book).
When an extra layer of scar tissue forms, your vision can become distorted. The condition is also called epiretinal membrane, retina wrinkle, and surface wrinkling retinopathy.
The eye is filled with a substance called vitreous, a gel-like fluid that helps the eye maintain its shape. As we age, the fibers of vitreous fluid can slowly detach from the retina. This is normal and usually doesn’t cause any problems.
But in some cases, vitreous accumulation damages the retina’s surface. As a result, the eye begins to form scar tissue, which causes the macular part of the retina to wrinkle, or pucker.
Some people experience no symptoms with a macular pucker, but others experience changes in vision or slight vision loss. Severe vision loss, while not common, is also possible.
Some people with macular pucker report that straight lines or objects appear wavy. They may also have trouble making out the details of objects or reading small print.
Macular pucker may not require treatment. Your physician can monitor the condition and make a recommendation.
But some patients need a repair procedure called a vitrectomy. This involves removing the eye’s vitreous gel and replacing it with a salt solution that mimics the natural environment of your eye. Scar tissue is also removed, which reduces the pucker and resolves symptoms.
After the procedure, you may need to wear an eye patch temporarily or use medicated eye drops to help the healing process.
To schedule a consultation about macular pucker repair, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.