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Macular Cysts

Retina Associates of New York

Retina Specialists & Retina Surgeons located in New York, Forest Hills & New Rochelle, NY

Your macula is found at the back of your retina and is responsible for clear, sharp vision. Macular cysts can develop from many causes and may lead to visual changes that make things appear blurry or distorted. The board-certified specialists at Retina Associates of New York have significant expertise in macular diseases and can diagnose and treat conditions like macular cysts. These dedicated physicians serve NYC from three locations: Upper East Side, Manhattan; Forest Hills, Queens; and New Rochelle. They also have a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgical center located next door to the Manhattan office. To schedule a consultation, call the office nearest you today, or request an appointment online.

Macular Cysts Q & A

What are macular cysts?

A cyst refers to a fluid-filled sac. Cysts can develop anywhere on your body, including your eyes. A macular cyst refers to a cyst that affects your macula, which is found at the center of your retina and is responsible for focusing light so you can see the fine details needed for such activities as reading a book or driving a car.

A macular cyst may result from diabetes, damage to blood vessels, surgery, inflammation, or trauma to your eye. Macular cysts are also sometimes used to describe a macular hole, which is a tear that occurs in the macula.

What are the symptoms of macular cysts?

Macular cysts affect your vision. Common symptoms include:

  • Blurred or distorted images
  • Objects or straight lines that look bent
  • Visual changes that make it difficult for you to read or drive

Vision changes can develop from numerous causes. If you’re experiencing visual distortion, contact the specialists at Retina Associates of New York for evaluation.

Without proper treatment, your macular cyst may lead to permanent vision loss, as the fluid continues to damage the cells responsible for your vision. This condition needs evaluation and management right away.

How are macular cysts diagnosed?

Your vision specialist at Retina Associates of New York conducts a comprehensive examination when you come in with concerns about visual changes.

During the exam, your specialist reviews your symptoms and medical history, tests your vision, and evaluates both the external and internal portion of your eyes to look for changes in structure that may indicate a macular cyst.

What are the treatments for macular cysts?

Treatment for your macular cyst depends on your symptoms, the severity of your cyst, the underlying cause, and your medical history. Your specialist at Retina Associates of New York develops a personalized treatment plan that best suits your needs and gets you the best results.

In some cases, your cyst may resolve with eye drops. However, injections of medicines into the eye or even surgery may be necessary to resolve the cyst and prevent long-term vision changes. If surgery is necessary, your specialist at Retina Associates of New York can perform your surgery at the practice’s state-of-the-art ambulatory surgical center and will review the details of the procedure with you so you can properly prepare.

For comprehensive management of your eyes and vision, including macular cysts, call Retina Associates of New York today or request an appointment online.