Macular Hole

Macular Hole

A macular hole is a small break in the macula, located in the center of the eye’s light-sensitive tissue, called the retina. The macula provides the sharp, central vision we need for reading, driving, and seeing fine detail. A macular hole can cause blurry and distorted central vision. Macular holes occur more with aging, usually in people over age 60.

As we get older, the vitreous shrinks in size and pulls away from the retina (and macula). We call this a posterior vitreous detachment. Sometimes, the vitreous pulls on the retina too hard and creates a hole in the macula.

Treatment

Treatment

  • Surgery called a vitrectomy
  • Injection of gas which acts like a bandage to keep the hole closed – the gas stays in the eyes for up to three months.
  • Lying face down to allow the gas to push the hole closed.

Statistically, three quarters of patients will have better vision after surgery. As with all surgeries, the risks, benefits, and alternatives must always be considered.

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In order to have our services easily accessible, we make ourselves available in a number of Chicago area locations, each site organized to support only the care of retina patients. All offices are open Mon. - Fri., 8:30 a.m. - 5:00p.m. We are also available after hours and on weekends, by appointment, for those patients unable to come during regular hours.

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