A macular pucker is also referred to as an epi-retinal membrane, this occurs when fine tissues develop on the surface of the macula causing the macular tissue to shrink and swell. When this occurs, patients may notice blurred vision and frequently notice distortion in the affected eye.
Macular pucker is a relatively common condition and may not affect the patient’s vision. Most patients will remain stable, without vision change or need for treatment. In some cases, a patient may require retinal surgery to remove the tissue causing the wrinkling. Surgery to remove the macular pucker usually improves the vision and the distortion caused by the tissue, but minimal symptoms may persist after surgery.