Hi. I'm Dr. Rick and I have two decades of ophthalmology experience. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.
I am a retina surgeon and do this type of surgery often.Ron
Kuffel, JR, MD is an excellent retina surgeon who will be able to treat your macular pucker for you. He can be contacted at:
5656 S. Staples St
Corpus Christi, Tx 78411
Concerning surgery for your macular pucker, in my practice I do not recommend surgical intervention unless your best (with glasses
etc) vision is worse than 20/40.
The surgery to remove the epiretinal membrane, which is what is causing your macula
to pucker, will end up giving you a cataract in about a year or so. As such, you will need a second surgery for the cataract down the road.
For the surgery you might be under general anesthesia (asleep) or under local/light sedation depending on your desires and the situation.
The recovery time is just a day or two in most cases where you are able to return to your normal activities. You can expect that your vision will continue to improve for up to 6 months.
In a small percentage of my patients, I'd say about 2%, it is necessary to put an air bubble inside the eye. In these cases you may need to position face down etc for about a week or two.
The average cost? For the entire thing, OR, Anesthesia, Hospital/surgery center/surgeon etc you are probably looking at $10 to 14,000. But, insurance pays the vast majority of this and, at least in my office/surgery center, we give cash discounts.
Does this make sense to you?
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Dr. Rick MD FACS