Damage to your macula, like a hole or scar tissue development, can distort your vision in moderate to severe cases. Ophthalmologist Neel Lamba, MD, provides macular hole and pucker treatment with safe and effective vitrectomy surgery at his private practice located in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. To find out more about macular hole and pucker treatment, call the office.
Your macula is the central portion of tissue in the retina, which is the light-sensitive region in the back of your eye. Several complications can affect your macula, including macular holes and macular pucker.
A macular hole is an opening that occurs within the macula. It usually forms naturally due to age-related changes in the eye. The vitreous gel, which fills your eye, separates from the retina. While it normally separates with ease, it can stick and leave a hole in the macula as the detachment occurs. You can also get a macular hole because of trauma to the eye.
With similar effects as a macular hole, a macular pucker occurs when scar tissue forms on the macula. It also results from the vitreous gel tugging on the macula as it detaches from the retina, but the damage to the macula is not quite severe enough to form a hole.
A macular hole and macular pucker can cause similar symptoms, including blurry or distorted vision. They can cause straight lines to appear wavy and can make it difficult for you to read small letters or discern the fine details of someone’s face.
In some cases, macular holes or macular pucker resolve without treatment. However, if they affect your vision significantly, Dr. Lamba can help you with treatment to restore your vision and eye health.
In both cases, vitrectomy surgery is the most effective option. During the procedure, Dr. Lamba makes a small incision in your eye and removes the vitreous gel through it. Then, he places a gas bubble in your eye. The gas bubble places pressure on the macular hole to hold it together as it heals. Then, the gas bubble dissolves naturally over time.
For macular pucker, Dr. Lamba performs the same procedure to remove the vitreous gel. Then, he carefully removes the scar tissue from your macula.
Dr. Lamba helps you navigate the recovery period after your vitrectomy, which requires special care because of your eye’s increased sensitivity as it heals. He gives you a protective eye shield to wear during the days or weeks after your procedure. He also gives you eye drops to use regularly and tells you how to use them effectively.
You might need to take additional steps to protect your eye, like holding your head in a certain position for about a week to encourage optimal healing within your eye. This helps keep the gas bubble in place as it holds pressure on your macula.
Depending on your lifestyle, you might need to take additional steps like avoiding airplane travel or other activities that increase pressure in your eye.
To learn more about vitrectomy and how it works effectively for macular hole and pucker treatment, call Neel Lamba, MD today.