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Does anyone have a macular pucker in their eye or eyes?

Started 1373672146.187 in Viewpoints | Last reply 1373738242.697 by Rainbows and Roses

If so, what has the retina doctor told you? How long? Can you still see good? Thank you to those that want to share.

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TrackerGal1373672775.79323626 PostsRegistered 8/7/2007

Sorry, have heard of macular degneration, but macular pucker,no.

LaterGator1373677977.50710299 PostsRegistered 1/9/2007
<h1 class="h2">Macular pucker</h1> <!-- 0.141 sec. -->
<h3>What is a macular pucker?</h3>

The eye is often compared to a camera. The front of the eye contains a lens that focuses images on the inside of the back of the eye. This area, called the retina, is covered with special nerve cells that react to light. These nerve cells are very close together in the middle of the retina where the eye focuses the images that we see. This small part of the retina is called the macula.

The macula normally lies flat against the inside back surface of the eye. Sometimes cells can grow on the inside of the eye contracting and pulling on the macula. Occasionally, an injury or medical condition creates strands of scar tissue inside the eye. These are called epiretinal membranes, and they can pull on the macula.

When this pulling makes the macula wrinkle, it is called macular pucker. In some eyes, this will have little effect on vision, but in others it can be significant leading to distorted vision.

<h3>Why do people get macular pucker?</h3>

Sometimes macular pucker is the result of an injury or a medical condition, such as diabetes, that affects the eye. Epiretinal membranes can sometimes form after eye surgery. The cause of most cases of macular pucker is not known. Unfortunately, it just seems to happen.

<h3>How does the doctor know whether someone has macular pucker?</h3>

It is not unusual for someone to have epiretinal membranes and still have normal vision. The membranes tend to change with time, however, and the following symptoms can appear:

  • The ability to see fine details when one is looking directly at an object, no matter how close or far away it is, starts to decline.
  • Vision changes so that straight lines look wavy or broken.

When these symptoms are caused by macular pucker, they will sometimes affect both eyes, but are usually worse in one eye.

If any of these symptoms occur, it is important to schedule an appointment with your eye doctor as soon as possible. The doctor will use a special instrument to look inside your eye for epiretinal membranes.

<h3>Is there any treatment for macular pucker?</h3>

The doctor might recommend not treating macular pucker if it does not cause significant problems with vision. Instead, he or she might just recommend that the patient have eye examinations more frequently than usual to make sure that the epiretinal membranes do not change and cause problems. More troublesome macular pucker can be treated with surgery.

<h3>What happens in the operation to treat macular pucker?</h3>

The surgical procedure for macular pucker is usually performed under local anesthetic so the patient is awake but does not feel the procedure.

The first part of the operation for macular pucker treatment is to remove the gel-like material that fills the back of the eye. This fluid is called the vitreous fluid, and the procedure to remove it is called a vitrectomy.

The surgeon will make small openings in the eye and insert special instruments to remove the vitreous fluid. The surgeon will also remove the epiretinal membranes that are causing the macular pucker. This should allow the macula to lie flat against the back of the eye and eliminate the vision problems.

<h3>How successful is surgery to treat macular pucker?</h3>

Most of the time, surgery puts the macula flat against the back of the eye and allows partial improvement in vision. The best way for the patient to avoid problems and have the best chance of recovering vision is to follow the doctor’s advice, use all medications as recommended and keep all appointments with the doctor after surgery.

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Rainbows a­nd Roses1373678787.83718545 PostsRegistered 6/4/2011

Thank you LatorGator!

"Crying is for plain women, Pretty women go shopping." Oscar Wilde

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Tribefan1373713375.31312 PostsRegistered 11/27/2009
I was diagnosed with this in my right eye several years ago. It does interfere with my vision and I find myself closing my right eye, at times, to see clearer. (I also have "floaters" in that eye & that is even worse). There is a chart (Amsler's) that I use to keep an "eye" on it. (No pun intended). With my good eye the chart is clear, precise boxes. With my bad eye they're wavy & crooked. I check it periodically to make sure there are no missing parts/gaps on the graph- that would indicate worsening. Also regular eye exams. Surgery, in my case, is not recommended at this time. The surgery is risky and not always effective. Surgery would eliminate the floaters as they drain the fluid from the eye. if I ever decide to have surgery it would be to get rid of the floaters- they bother me constantly. My oldest son jokingly calls me Mother Pucker....

violann1373715435.6313933 PostsRegistered 12/12/2004
Your son has a good sense of humor Tribe. WARNING- stupid question coming- how is vitreous fluid replaced after this surgery?

I didn't come here to argue.- Peg Bracken

Brinklii1373723989.75310297 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004Northern WI

Hi, R & R ~~ Yes, I have a macular pucker due to vitreomacular traction (different from macular degeneration). Like Tribefan, I have chosen to just keep an eye on it with an Amsler's chart and frequent visits with my retina specialist.

I would have the surgery, but it is very delicate and there are risks, of course. It is in my left eye, and my right eye is an uncorrected lazy eye, so if anything went wrong during surgery...that would leave me with neither eye being good.

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Rainbows a­nd Roses1373738242.69718545 PostsRegistered 6/4/2011

Thank you for your posts......I have it also.......I have had for 18 months that I have known of....but I will tell you it started out a macular hole and I prayed for healing of the hole and two months later there was no hole.......I am believing that my eyes will not get worse and I have a floater in my left eye and my left eye also has started a macular pucker.......I look at the chart too but not all the time........Praise YHWH (G-D, God, Elohim} that my right eyes has not gotten any worse in 18 months.........crazy disease........I feel like I am falling apart with this and the burning mouth syndrome.......but now the burning mouth syndrome is horrific........no pain meds and constant burning like my tongue, throat, mouth and lips are stuck to a hot burner........65 days of suffering and it is hard but I am standing in agreement for this to be gone forever.....I can handle the other health issues. I just think the head injury started all these other things.........I was healthy before the head injury. Hugs to you and all. I hope yours never needs surgery either.

"Crying is for plain women, Pretty women go shopping." Oscar Wilde

"The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion but cosmetics are easier to buy." YSL

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