Macular Pucker/Epiretinal Membrane

Macular pucker is a condition that affects the central portion of the retina, known as the macula. A macular pucker is caused by pulling forces created by a thin, cellophane-like membrane on the surface of the retina (a.k.a. epiretinal membrane).

Risk factors for macular pucker include trauma, previous eye surgery, and eye inflammation, although most cases occur for unknown reasons. The most common symptoms of macular pucker are painless blurring or distortion 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 puckers. 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 puckers, so don’t delay your evaluation. Many patients are able to regain some vision after treatment.

For more information regarding macular puckers, please visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology patient information website: http://www.asrs.org/patients/retinal-diseases/19/epiretinal-membranes or click on links to articles written by Dr. Shane below.

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