What is retinal pucker?
Located at the back of your retina is the macula, which contains a high amount of photoreceptor cells to help detect the presence of light. These receptive cells relay messages to the brain and help it understand images. The macula plays an important role in providing the central vision that we use during driving, reading, or reviewing things in detail. If something happens to it, like a retinal or macular pucker, you may experience blurry or fuzzy vision. As a common eye condition in patients older than 50, a macular pucker happens when scar tissue develops on the macula. The scar tissue occurs because our vitreous, the jelly-like fluid that maintains the eye's shape, starts to pull away from the retina and creates micro-injuries. Our board-certified ophthalmologists at Palm Beach Eye Center in Lake Worth, FL and Delray Beach, FL specialize in retinal puckers and can help improve your visual acuity.
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What should I expect with retinal pucker?
During an eye exam, we can determine if you have a retinal pucker and assess the severity of your condition, then develop a treatment plan. A retinal pucker, also known as a macular pucker, causes several uncomfortable symptoms, like:
- Fuzzy central vision
- Warped wavy vision
- A dull or blurry spot in central vision
- Unclear vision that makes it difficult to read or drive
For more severe conditions, you may require surgery that we complete in two parts. First, a vitrectomy is performed to withdraw the vitreous gel from your eye and replace it with a gas bubble. After this step, the scar tissue is removed, and the temporary gas bubble is placed inside to assist with healing and help maintain the eye’s structure. Your body will naturally absorb the bubble, or we remove it manually. Following your procedure, you will need to wear an eye patch for a few days or weeks to ensure your eye heals properly. Our Lake Worth, FL ophthalmologists can help outline your aftercare instructions to ensure you feel confident about the healing process.
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If you experience a retinal pucker, our Palm Beach Eye Center professionals can provide a personalized procedure strategy that treats the issue. Living with distorted and warped central vision can greatly impact your daily life. Please schedule an appointment to learn more about your options, receive information about insurance coverage, or discover payment plan resources. At Palm Beach Eye Center in Lake Worth, FL and Delray Beach, FL, our team of eye doctors looks forward to helping you see better!