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Macular Holes

Diagram of macular hole

A macular hole is a small break in the macula, a hole or a defect that develops in the center of the retina.  A macular hole can develop as the vitreous shrinks with age and tugs at the macula creating a hole. Macular holes can also be caused by trauma and other retinal diseases.  

Symptoms of a macular hole:

  • Blurry central vision
  • Dark spot in the center of the vision 
  • Wavy or distorted central vision

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of a macular hole, you should schedule a retinal evaluation as soon as possible. 

Not all macular holes require treatment and may heal on their own.

If you physician feels advises surgery for the repair of a macular hole, your physician will discuss a procedure called a vitrectomy with a membrane peel and most likely a gas bubble will be left inside the eye during the surgery to help flatten hole. 

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