Macular Pucker Causes
Age is the most common cause of macular pucker. As you get older, the vitreous begins to shrink and pull away from the retina. Usually the vitreous pulls away with no problems. But sometimes the vitreous can stick to the retina. Scar tissue forms, causing the retina and macula to wrinkle or bulge.
Who is at risk for macular pucker?
Aging is the most common risk factor for macular pucker. People who have other eye problems may also get a macular pucker. These problems include:
- Vitreous detachment, where the eye’s vitreous pulls away from the retina
- Torn or detached retina
- Swelling inside the eye
- Serious damage to the eye (from surgery or injury)
- Problems with blood vessels in the retina