A Macular Pucker is a thin tissue that is similar to the skin of an onion or a piece of plastic wrap that has developed over the central portion of the retina, the macula.
There are other names that can be used for this condition including epiretinal membrane, wrinkled retina, pre-retinal fibrosis, or scar tissue. The condition can result in decreased vision and distortion of your vision. Straight lines can appear wavy. This is a result of the tissue contracting, distorting, and thickening the retina. These changes can best be seen on a cross sectional image of the retina which can be obtained by the Retina Health Center specialists using Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT).
Surgery for Macular Pucker
If visual distortion and blurriness limits reading or everyday activity then a surgical procedure may be recommended. The surgical procedure consists of vitrectomy with removal of the scar tissue. Surgery can restore vision and improve distortion in most people; however it may not return to normal.
A discussion with one of our specialists at Retina Health Center about whether surgical treatment is appropriate is advised. Contact us today.