A macular hole is a gap that forms in the center of the retina, causing a blind spot in the middle of the vision.
The macula is the part of the retina responsible for central vision. Due to natural forces on the surface of the retina, a hole can form in the very center of the vision causing the patient to see a missing spot in the central vision. Most macular holes form spontaneously without any underlying risk factors. A macula hole requires timely repair by a retina specialist to prevent a permanent blind spot. Anyone experiencing a new spot of missing or blurry vision should seek a dilated exam with a retina specialist.