Macular Hole

A macular hole is a condition that affects the central portion of the retina, known as the macula. A macular hole is caused by pulling forces exerted on the retina by the jelly (a.k.a. vitreous) inside the eye.

Risk factors for macular hole include age, myopia (near-sightedness), and history of macular hole in the other eye. The most common symptom of a macular hole is painless blurring of central vision. This loss of vision may progress slowly and go unnoticed when it occurs in only one eye.

Retina Care Consultants, P.A., is specialized in managing macular holes. If you experience the symptoms mentioned above, consider having a dilated eye examination with an ophthalmologist. This exam may involve photographs or other specialized imaging tests of the retina. There are effective surgical treatments for macular holes, so don’t delay your evaluation. Many patients are able to regain some vision after treatment.

For more information regarding macular holes, please visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology patient information website: http://www.asrs.org/patients/retinal-diseases/4/macular-hole or click on links to articles written by Dr. Shane below.

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