About Macular Pucker
The macula normally lies against the back of the eye. As we age, scar tissue or membranes (like cellophane) can grow on the surface of the retina. Often times this membrane remains flat and causes no or minimal vision problems. In some cases, this scar tissue contracts and causes the retina to wrinkle. When this happens at the macula, it is known as a macular pucker or an epiretinal membrane.
Our board-certified retina specialists at Retina Consultants of Houston are experienced in diagnosing and treating macular puckers.
Causes & Symptoms
There are a number of eye conditions associated with a macular pucker:
- Vitreous detachment
- Inflammation inside the eye
- Retinal tear and detachment
- Previous eye trauma (from injury or surgery)
- High pressure in the eye
- Damage to blood vessels inside the eye
Symptoms of a macular pucker can include:
- Blurry central vision
- Distorted or “wavy” vision
- Gray or blurred spot in central vision
- Difficulty reading or performing tasks that require detailed vision
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Often a macular pucker can be diagnosed by your retina specialist during an eye exam. It may be further evaluated using special tests like fluorescein angiography (FA) and optical coherence tomography (OCT).
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Treat Blurry Vision
If you're experiencing severe blurriness and distorted vision and your eye doctor believes you have a macular pucker, or if you are seeking a diagnosis, we invite you to call one of our Houston, TX retina centers. Our experienced team can help diagnose and treat your macular pucker, so you can live your life to the fullest and have your vision condition treated. Schedule a consultation with us today.