Macular Pucker Treatment from Leading Retina Specialists and Vitreoretinal Surgeons
Many people are affected by conditions that impair their vision in various degrees. Diseases and conditions of the retina, such as macular puckers, can impact the enjoyment of everyday activities and lead to vision loss and distortion of vision if not treated appropriately. If you’re suffering from vision problems or a known macular pucker, advanced treatments available today can help significantly improve your vision or prevent conditions from worsening.
Do you suffer from vision problems or a known macular pucker? Contact Mid Atlantic Retina today to arrange a consultation with one of our retina specialists.
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What is a Macular Pucker?
A macular pucker, or epiretinal membrane (ERM), cellophane maculopathy, or surface wrinkling retinopathy (SWR), is characterized by an abnormal, thin, cellophane-like piece of tissue that grows as a sheet on the surface of the macula, or center of the retina. This most often has no identifiable cause but may also develop in response to eye injury or after a retinal tear or detachment, after cataract surgery, or in association with diseases such as uveitis or diabetes. Central vision may become blurred or distorted if the macular pucker contracts over time, but peripheral vision is typically not affected.
How to Improve a Macular Pucker
You can improve your vision and retina condition in many ways with the help of a retina specialist, but surgery is typically the only treatment option for macular puckers. If the macular pucker is mild and visual acuity is good, or the patient is satisfied with vision and accomplishing activities of daily living, continued observation is usually recommended. But if the pucker has caused significant visual distortion or blurring, surgery in the form of a vitrectomy may help. This consists of removing some of the vitreous gel and peeling away the abnormal membrane on the surface of the retina. It generally takes less than an hour and can be performed under local anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. You can resume normal activity within a few weeks. Your surgeon will outline the risks, benefits, and alternatives of surgery with you and make tailored recommendations based on your unique situation.
Our diagnostic testing includes autofluorescence, electroretinogram (ERG), fluorescein angiography, indocyanine green angiography, microperimetry, optical coherence tomography, optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA), and ultrasonography.
Treatment for Diseases of the Retina
We treat many diseases of the retina, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD), branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO), central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO), central serous chorioretinopathy (CSCR), cystoid macular edema (CME), diabetic retinopathy, macular holes, macular puckers, retinal artery occlusion, retinal tears, and retinal detachment.
We utilize time-tested and cutting-edge procedures for vision problems, including intravitreal injection (of Lucentis, Avastin, Eylea, Jetrea, Triesence, Ozurdex, and Iluvien), micro-incisional vitrectomy, scleral buckle surgery, pneumatic retinopexy, cryotherapy, retinal laser photocoagulation, and photodynamic therapy. We are also dedicated to clinical research and the development of new treatments, providing options for otherwise untreatable conditions.
The retina specialists at Mid Atlantic Retina are world-renowned and board-certified physicians regarded as leaders in vitreoretinal diseases by top ophthalmology and medical societies. Mid Atlantic Retina specialists have been recognized by Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctors, NJ Top Docs, Guide to America’s Top Ophthalmologists, and Best Doctors in America. All doctors are certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and are contributing members of prestigious organizations like the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Retina Specialists, the Retina Society, and the Macula Society. They conduct one of the premier retina fellowship programs in the country and have the clinical experience and accolades to deliver the best in care for retinal detachments.