Macular Pucker (Epiretinal Membrane)
A macular pucker is when a thin layer of tissue (membrane) grows over the surface of the retina (epiretinal). This tissue is often referred to as scar tissue because the tissue forms as an abnormal healing response in the eye. Most macular puckers occur in otherwise healthy eyes and are not associated with any other problems in the body. However, in some cases, macular puckers may be caused in conjunction with other issues such as retinal detachment, conditions that affect the retinal vascular system, or eye injuries.
Symptoms of Macular Puckers
Macular puckers can cause a wide range of visual problems. As the macular pucker contracts, it can cause the retinal tissue to become wrinkled, which ultimately causes disruptions to our sense of central vision. Symptoms of macular puckers can vary greatly from patient to patient, with some patients experiencing only minor vision disturbances and others experiencing severe symptoms, such as excessive blurriness or loss of central acuity. Like other conditions that affect the macula, one of the most common symptoms of a macular pucker is the perception that straight lines appear bent, curved, or wavy. These distortions can cause objects to look warped in shape and form.
Macular Pucker Treatment
In many cases, macular puckers are not serious and may not even require treatment. However, if macular pucker-related symptoms are having a significant impact on your daily life, your doctor may recommend undergoing surgery to help improve your vision. The two types of surgery that are typically recommended to correct a macular pucker are vitrectomy and membranectomy. In a vitrectomy, a retina surgeon removes the vitreous gel from your eye so that they can remove the epiretinal membrane that is causing the issue. In a membranectomy, the membrane is removed from the retina.
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