Here at The Retina Group of Washington, some of the most common issues that our 20166 ophthalmologist treats are macular pucker and holes. Before understanding these problems, it is crucial to understand what the macula is and what its role is in conjunction with the rest of our eyes. The macula is a special part of the retina, which is a light-sensitive layer of tissue located at the back of the eye. The macular plays a hugely important role in what is known as our “central fine vision.” And so, the macula is the part of the eye which allows us to read words on a page, clearly see small details, and to see objects at a distance from us. A macular pucker or hole, which is more technically referred to as an epiretinal membrane, is a growth of clear tissue that manifests over the macula. If you are not exhibiting any outward symptoms, a macular pucker or hole may still be found during a regular examination, but it probably will not cause you any trouble. However, in some cases the macular puckers and holes can cause distortion to the retina, and therefore can seriously impact your central vision. Reasons behind development of epiretinal membranes include: older age, trauma to the eye, inflammatory conditions, retinal vain occlusions, retinal tears or detachments, previous eye surgeries, and more.
If you would like to learn more about macular pucker and holes, or any of the other many conditions that our 20166 ophthalmologist treats here at The Retina Group of Washington, we highly recommend that you pay a visit to our main website to browse through some additional, detailed information that you might find useful. If you have any specific questions or concerns that we can help you with in any way, please do not hesitate to contact the staff here directly. You can reach us by giving us a call here at the office, or by sending us a message online using the designated contact form on our main website. We look forward to working with you soon here at The Retina Group of Washington.