• Macular Pucker Treatment

    Written By: Kierstan Boyd
    Sep. 01, 2017

    How you are treated depends on your symptoms.

    Macular pucker before surgery
    Macular pucker before surgery.

    If your symptoms are mild, you might not need any treatment. Instead, your ophthalmologist may change your glasses or contact lens prescription to improve your vision. You might also choose to wear bifocals when you are looking at something close. Eye drops, medicine, and laser surgery do not help vision if you have macular pucker.

    Your ophthalmologist uses tiny instruments to remove the wrinkled tissue on the macula.
    Your ophthalmologist uses tiny instruments to remove the wrinkled tissue on the macula.

    If your symptoms are more serious, your ophthalmologist may recommend a surgery called vitrectomy. Your ophthalmologist will remove some of the vitreous and scar tissue on your macula. This flattens the macula, returning it to its proper position. It is likely your vision will slowly improve. However, your sight may not be as good as it was before macular pucker.

    What are vitrectomy surgery risks?

    Like all surgery, vitrectomy has some risks. They include:

    • Eye infection
    • Bleeding in your eye
    • A detached retina (where the retina lifts away from the back of the eye)
    • Having the macular pucker happen again
    • Cataract, when the lens in your eye becomes cloudy

    Your ophthalmologist will talk about these risks and how vitrectomy surgery may help you.