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Does anyone know about hole in the macula of the eye?
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Dr. Jeffrey Paul
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Fairly common prob
Macular holes (a defect in the center of the retina) are common, most often affect middle-aged women, and can often be repaired with restoration of vision.
The proper specialist for this operation is an ophthalmologist specializing in vitreo-retinal surgery, often just called a retinal specialist. The success rate of surgery is good, and the post-op period may require some face down positioning.

In brief: Fairly common prob
Macular holes (a defect in the center of the retina) are common, most often affect middle-aged women, and can often be repaired with restoration of vision.
The proper specialist for this operation is an ophthalmologist specializing in vitreo-retinal surgery, often just called a retinal specialist. The success rate of surgery is good, and the post-op period may require some face down positioning.
Dr. Jeffrey Paul
Dr. Jeffrey Paul
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
In brief: Central detachment
A macular hole is when the retina at the center including the fovea opens up leaving a central hole of various sizes and showing the red of the well vascular choroid underneath.
It sometimes follows trauma but can also be spontaneous. It is mostly an older folks problem. There is treatment for it which is reasonably effective but there are risks and sometimes it will stabilize. See a retina MD

In brief: Central detachment
A macular hole is when the retina at the center including the fovea opens up leaving a central hole of various sizes and showing the red of the well vascular choroid underneath.
It sometimes follows trauma but can also be spontaneous. It is mostly an older folks problem. There is treatment for it which is reasonably effective but there are risks and sometimes it will stabilize. See a retina MD
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Colin McCannel
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
In brief: Macular hole
is a rare condition that involves the fovea (area of center vision) opening into a hole.
it is most common in women in their 50's and 60's, but can occur in younger patients, usually as a result of trauma. It is repaired with surgery, which has a high success rate (>90%). However, vision is usually only improved, not completely normalized.

In brief: Macular hole
is a rare condition that involves the fovea (area of center vision) opening into a hole.
it is most common in women in their 50's and 60's, but can occur in younger patients, usually as a result of trauma. It is repaired with surgery, which has a high success rate (>90%). However, vision is usually only improved, not completely normalized.
Dr. Colin McCannel
Dr. Colin McCannel
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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
In brief: See below
A pars plana vitrectomy is performed to remove the vitreous.
Then, the internal limiting membrane is removed from the surface of the macula, often after being stained with a dye called indocyanine green to help visualize it for the surgeon. Lastly, a gas bubble is injected into the eye. A patient then remains face-down for several days so the gas bubble pushes on the macula to close the hole.

In brief: See below
A pars plana vitrectomy is performed to remove the vitreous.
Then, the internal limiting membrane is removed from the surface of the macula, often after being stained with a dye called indocyanine green to help visualize it for the surgeon. Lastly, a gas bubble is injected into the eye. A patient then remains face-down for several days so the gas bubble pushes on the macula to close the hole.
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
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