Macular puckers are also called epiretinal membranes. When removed surgically and examined with electron microscopy, they are composed mostly of multilayered myofibroblasts, and collagen.
Macular puckers are usually stable. They generally form and affect vision over a time period of about 3 months and then rarely change.
If you have been diagnosed with a macular pucker you can live with it, wait, have surgery, or if applicable, seek treatment of other disease affecting your vision.
Macular Pucker Overview
A macular pucker is a growth of tissue in the center of the macula that can cause distortion and vision loss. Macular...details
Macular Puckers Develop in about 10% of People over age 50
Macular puckers are not uncommon. They occur in about 10 percent of the population over age 50. Even though they sound the...details
Macular Puckers Cause Vision Loss and Distortion
One of the most common symptoms of macular pucker is distortion. In is important to realize that other, more serious and more...details
Most Patients with Macular Pucker do NOT Need Surgery
Most patients with macular pucker have only mild visual loss and do not need to have surgery. Macular puckers rarely progress after...details
Surgery Improves Vision in about Eight out of Ten Patients with Macular Pucker
For people with recent onset macular pucker (within the past 3 years), surgery can improve visual acuity and visual function. About 80...details