A macular hole is a small gap that opens at the center of the retina, in an area called the macula. The retina is the light-sensitive film at the back of the eye. In the centre is the macula – the part responsible for central and fine-detail vision needed for tasks such as reading. Symptoms of macular holes vary, but can include blurred vision, a dark spot in central vision, or distortion.
We don't know why macular holes develop. The vast majority of cases have no obvious cause. They most often affect people aged 60 to 80 and are more common in women than men. One possible risk factor is a condition called vitreomacular traction. As you get older, the vitreous jelly in the middle of your eye starts to pull away from the retina and macula at the back of the eye. If some of the vitreous jelly remains attached, it can lead to a macular hole.
If you are diagnosed with a macular hole, know that Rocky Mountain Retina Associates can help.
Our offices offers diagnostic testing and treatments to help, a vitrectomy surgery is typically the most effective way to treat a macular hole and can be performed by Geeta Lalwani or Vlad Matei.
In this image you can see a repaired macular hole, on Valentines Day we thought it was special due to it's heart-shaped appearance.
To learn more please visit: https://www.rmretina.com/macular-hole or call today!