There are many conditions that can cause an individual to experience blurred or distorted vision. One of these conditions is called a macular pucker.

What is a Macular Pucker?

macular puckerA macular pucker is a bunch of scar tissue that has built up on the back of your eye in the area known as the macula.

Located at the center of your retina, the macula is responsible for providing you with the sharp and central vision needed for reading, driving and looking closely at thing.

Also called a preretinal membrane, cellophane maculopathy, epiretinal membrane, or a surface wrinkling retinopathy, a macular pucker makes it difficult to perform everyday tasks like the ones previously mentioned.

What are the Causes of a Macular Pucker?

A macular pucker typically begins with the tearing of the vitreous from the retina to form a macular hole. When the retina repairs itself, scar tissue can form over the tear.

This scar tissue will then attach itself to your retina and contract over time, which can cause your retina to wrinkle up or pucker. And while this doesn’t always impact central vision, it can cause issues when the scar tissue spreads over top of the macula, distorting vision and making it difficult for you to see clearly.

Typical Symptoms of a Macular Pucker

  • Individuals with a macular pucker will have an especially difficult time see tiny details and reading small print.
  • They may also notice that there is a gray area right in the middle of their vision or even a blind spot.

Severe vision loss associated with macular pucker is rare. But in some situations, you may notice that your vision is blurry or slightly distorted if you do not have macular pucker treatment performed.

Luckily, the majority of the symptoms related to a macular pucker can be treated.

Detection of a Macular Pucker by an Ophthalmologist

In order to detect a macular pucker, you will need to take a trip to an ophthalmologist.

  • Your ophthalmologist will start by putting drops into your eyes to dilate your pupil.
  • Then, they will use an optical coherence tomography to scan the back of your eye and take photographs of your retina as well as your macula.
  • These photos will show the ophthalmologist whether or not you have a macular pucker.

Effective Treatment of a Macular Pucker

If you have been diagnosed with a macular pucker, our Buffalo ophthalmologists can tell you more about macular pucker treatment.

As long as the symptoms associated with it are only minor, your eyes will usually adjust to the macular pucker and allow you to see well enough to continue to go about your business on a daily basis. Sometimes, a macular pucker can even clear up after detaching from the retina on its own.

However, there are some instances in which macular pucker will require surgery.

  • During surgery, a procedure known as a vitrectomy will take place.
  • The vitreous gel from your eye will be removed and replaced with a salt solution that will have no effect on your vision or your comfort level.
  • The macular pucker will also be removed.

The surgery for macular pucker treatment can be a very delicate process and full vision cannot always be restored. But depending on the condition of your eye, you may recover most of your vision after undergoing surgery.

By speaking with your ophthalmologist about macular pucker treatment, you can choose the best option for you.

Do you suspect that you might be dealing with a macular pucker? Call Ophthalmology Associates of Western New York at 716-632-3545 today to schedule a consultation.