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A Local Ophthalmologists can help treat some conditions such as retinal detachment macular degeneration, macular hole, scleral buckle  and a detached retina require surgical intervention. A  Local Ophthalmologists can perform  surgical intervention called Pars Plana Vitrectomy is commonly used in these conditions to help restore vision. Seeing a Local Ophthalmologists can definitly help withedcuation and assetment of  these procedures.

A macular pucker occurs when a wrinkle suddenly develops in the centre of the light-sensitive tissue of the retina. The macula is the centre of the vision, and when it is puckered or wrinkled, there is often blurring of vision, distortion of vision or sometimes discrepancy in the image size between two eyes.

This scar tissue can’t heal on its own. Most macular pucker is related to aging, but can also be caused by a detached retina, uveitis (inflammation of the eye), eye injury or diabetic retinopathy. Macular pucker symptoms include objects looking wavy and trouble seeing details. To make a diagnosis, your ophthalmologist will do an examination and determine if there’s enough of a macular pucker to justify a referral to a vitreoretinal surgeon. In some cases, a macular pucker does not require treatment. The scar tissue that causes the macular pucker separates from the retina, and the macular pucker clears up on its own.

The surgical technique used to repair macular pucker is called pars plana vitrectomy. The ophthalmologist will use local or general anesthesia, go into the eye and remove the vitreous gel, then use tiny forceps remove the wrinkle that has grown on the surface of the macula during a pars plana vitrectomy. The success rate of macular pucker repair to stabilize vision is quite high – up to 70% of patients report improved vision. Talk to your ophthalmologist about the best treatment for you.

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