How a Macular Pucker can Affect Your Vision

Think of the macula as the “heart” of the eye’s retina, responsible for central vision, most color vision and the fine details of what we see. Like virtually every other body part, and macula is susceptible to disorders, such as when a thin layer of scar tissue forms over the macula, leading to a condition known as a macular pucker.

At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Virginia – Alexandria, we are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of a host of retinal conditions including macular pucker, helping to restore or maintain healthy vision and a high quality of life for all our patients.

Macular pucker is most often the result of an injury or a medical condition, such as diabetes, that affects the eye. Some may form after eye surgery, but most develop as part of the natural aging process. While many macular puckers do not disrupt vision or cause blindness, thicker puckers can compromise vision and distort what you see, such as straight lines that appear as wavy lines, and the inability to distinguish fine detail.

Macular puckers usually heal on their own and do not cause serious problems with vision. Nevertheless, we recommend regular eye examinations so we can monitor your condition to ensure the condition hasn’t gotten worse. Serious cases of macular pucker often involve medical intervention with an outpatient procedure to remove the scar tissue.

Your healthy vision is our top priority

The main goals of retinal treatment are to stop or slow disease progression and preserve your vision. At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Virginia – Alexandria, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate eye care. For more information on our office and the many services we provide, give us a call today.