Macular pucker is a condition that can cause blurred or distorted central vision. While the symptoms for both are similar, age-related macular degeneration is different from macular pucker. Your optometrist knows the difference and will be able to diagnose you properly. Learn more about the causes, risk factors and symptoms of this condition here:
What Is Macular Pucker?
Macular pucker refers to scar tissue that has formed on the eye’s macula. The macula is located in the center of the light-sensitive tissue called the retina, and it provides sharp central vision. The macula needs to be healthy so you can read, drive and see in fine detail. Macular pucker is also known as surface wrinkling retinopathy, premacular fibrosis, internal limiting membrane disease and other names.
What Causes Macular Pucker?
Vitreous is a gel-like substance that fills about 80% of the eye’s interior and helps it maintain a round shape. As we age, the vitreous slowly pulls away from the retinal surface. This is normal; however, sometimes this causes microscopic damage. When this happens, the retina begins a healing process and forms scar tissue. This scar tissue can contract and cause the retina to pucker. If the scar tissue is formed over the macula, this contraction can cause the central vision to become blurred. As an eye care specialist, we recommend regular and comprehensive eye exams to catch problems like this early.
What Are the Symptoms of Macular Pucker, and How Is It Treated?
The amount of vision loss in patients suffering from macular pucker varies, although severe vision loss is not common. Patients with macular pucker might notice their vision is mildly distorted and that straight lines can appear wavy. They may also have difficulty reading small print and seeing in fine detail. Macular pucker typically requires no treatment because the visual distortion is mild. However, if it affects daily activities, then your eye doctor might recommend a vitrectomy.
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