Macular Hole

Retina Associates of New York

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

Vision changes are common as you get older, but if you experience a sudden change in vision in one eye, you should have it evaluated immediately. While your vision changes may be due to many causes, it’s possible that you have a macular hole. The board-certified retinal specialists at Retina Associates of New York have expertise diagnosing and managing macular holes and can provide the care you need. These dedicated physicians serve New York City from three locations: Upper East Side, Manhattan; Forest Hills, Queens; and New Rochelle. For an evaluation, call the office nearest you today or book an appointment online.

Macular Hole

What are macular holes?

The macular is a small spot in the center of your retina that is responsible for the detailed vision you need for reading and driving. As the name suggests, a macular hole is defect in this area that results in visual distortion or loss of vision.

The degree of vision changes caused by a macular hole may depend on the severity of the hole and its exact location. In its advanced stages, a macular hole may require surgical repair.

What causes macular holes?

You may develop a macular hole from the excessive pulling that occurs when the vitreous humor, the jelly-like substance in your eye, liquifies. This is usually the result of aging, but may be advanced by such conditions as trauma or inflammation. Your risk of developing a macular hole increases as you get older and the holes tend to occur in women more often than men.

What are the symptoms of macular holes?

The extent of your symptoms from a macular hole depends on the stage and location of the hole. Common symptoms include:

  • Reduced sight
  • Distorted or defective central vision
  • Difficulty reading due to vision changes

If you’re experiencing these vision changes, contact Retina Associates of New York today for an evaluation.

How are macular holes treated?

While some macular holes can heal on their own without treatment, most require surgery. Your physician at Retina Associates of New York will help determine the best type of treatment for you.

During the surgical procedure, known as a vitrectomy, your specialist at Retina Associates of New York removes the vitreous gel to prevent further pulling on your retina. Your specialist then replaces your vitreous gel with a gas bubble to push the edges of the hole together. After surgery, your physician may ask you to remain in a face-down position for several days to allow the bubble to press on your macula, be reabsorbed, and seal the hole.

For diagnosis and management of all your visual and eye concerns, call Retina Associates of New York today or book an appointment online.