At The Retina Group of Washington, our macula specialist in Alexandria is part of a practice that is one of the most respected retinal and macular offices in the United States. We engage in the latest in cutting-edge research and also provide a Fellowship program to help train ophthalmologists who are learning. All of our doctors are experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of many macular and retinal disorders, maintaining the highest levels of certification. This helps us to remain at the forefront of retinal and macular medicine.
Our macular specialist in Alexandria specializes in disorders and conditions of the eye such as macular puckers and macular holes. The macula is the area of the retina, which subsides in the back of the eye, and is responsible for fine central vision. It allows us to see small words and details that are tiny or farther from our eyes. Diseases of the macular happen sometimes such as a condition called a macular pucker, a clear tissue that grows over the macula. Many times this condition has no symptoms but is instead found during a routine exam. Or the membranes may contract on the macula’s surface, causing retinal distortion and poor central vision. A macular hole, on the other hand, is a loss of tissue that can happen in the central retina, either fully or partially. This can lead to permanent vision loss.
Causes of these two conditions are usually because of retinal shrinkage. When the retina shrinks it has a tendency to leave behind a membrane. This membrane can create a hole. Age, eye trauma, eye surgery and inflammatory conditions can cause this problem. Symptoms include blurry vision, wavy or distorted vision, central vision blurring or black spots missing in vision. Difficulty reading can also happen with this condition. Our macular specialist in Alexandria can best diagnose and subsequently treat this debilitating condition. We may perform a dilated retinal exam or a test called an optical coherence tomography. This test is non-invasive and designed to detect macular puckers and holes. Treatment options include surgery or a procedure called a gas bubble treatment.