I had macular pucker surgery in July. Before the surgery I had very clear vision, but severe distortion. After the surgery, my vision was 20/200. Initially my surgeon could not tell me why my vision changed so radically. Then, he suggested that a the pre-surgical cataract grew rapidly after the procedure and that was causing my vision loss.
The operation time for an epiretinal membrane/macular pucker surgery usually ranges from 20 to 30 minutes, but this is not an indication of how well the operation has gone. If your surgery is combined with a cataract extraction, your surgery may take up to 15 minutes longer. Unlike cataract surgery on its own, your eye may take 6 or so weeks to ...
Macular pucker surgery (removing an ERM) is my favorite surgery. It’s elegant and usually involves healthy eyes. It’s one of the few operations where we can get significant improvement, as long as we operate early enough. Symptoms of Macular Pucker.
Wayne, if you've had the macular pucker for that long and coped with it, no wonder the surgeon was non-committal about possible surgery. I'm amazed that your left eye compensates so well. I've read repeatedly in the literature that the macular pucker peel success is better if it's done sooner than later.
Retinal pucker surgery, also called membrane peel, is an eye surgery in which the vitreous gel is removed to prevent pulling on the retina. A macular pucker is scar tissue that has formed on the eye’s macula, located in the center of the eye’s light-sensitive tissue called the retina.
Surgery to repair a macular pucker is very delicate, and while vision improves in most cases, it does not usually return to normal. On average, about half of the vision lost from a macular pucker is restored; some people have significantly more vision restored, some less.
Epiretinal Membrane & Macular Pucker Surgery. Repair of a macular pucker or epiretinal membrane is accomplished through use of vitreoretinal surgery. Using microsurgical instruments, a procedure known as a vitrectomy, the microscopic removal of vitreous gel from the center of the eye, is performed.
The vitrectomy for macular pucker should not be anymore difficult/painful than your cataract surgery. While the video may look gruesome, there is no pain and is performed as an outpatient. In contrast is a surgery involving a scleral buckle. This can be rough and uncomfortable or painful.
Additional costs: According to the National Institutes of Health, if a macular hole exists in one eye, there is a 10%-15% chance that a macular hole will develop in the other eye as well. Following a vitrectomy, patients often buy or rent health aids to help them remain in a face down position during their recovery period.
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