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What is macular pucker? What are the symptoms and

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What is macular pucker? What are the symptoms and treatments?   What are the causes?
How do you know if you have it?
Submitted: 8 years ago via Answerly.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Stevens replied 8 years ago.
Hello there
Macular puckers are also known as epiretinal membranes (in fact they are more commonly called this). Epiretinal membranes are basically growths in the back of the eye on the retina. Most often they are caused by nothing. Sometimes, they are caused by trauma to the eye, and rarely they are related to a small tear in the retina. They are often noticed during a routine exam. Surgery is outpatient but can lead to cataract formation, retinal detachment, pain, worsening of vision. Usually, we dont operate on these unless there is significant distortion in the vision or significant vision loss, usually to a level of 20/70 or worse.
I hope this is helpful, Sincerely *****
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