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Macular Holes

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Similar to macular degeneration, holes or breaks in the macula can significantly distort central vision. However, unlike the former, macular holes can be treated when caught early on.

Symptoms of a macular hole may include:

  • Grey, black, or blank areas in central vision
  • Blurred or distorted images
  • Increased difficulties with close up work such as reading

If you have developed a macular hole in one eye there is a 10 to 15 percent chance you will develop one in the other as well. Your risks for this will be discussed in greater detail during your treatment consultation at our San Diego or El Centro offices.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of a macular hole, please contact California Retina Associates to schedule an examination today. You may also schedule an appointment by calling our Chula Vista office at (619) 425-7755 or our El Centro office at (760) 352-7755.

Treating Macular Holes

Macular holes are treated with vitrectomy, the same surgical procedure used to treat retinal detachment. This procedure will not require an overnight stay in the hospital, but will necessitate some physical limitations for a short time during recovery.

The vitrectomy procedure entails removing vitreous gel and replacing it with a saline solution, gas, or silicone oil. Which option or combination is best for you will be determined by one of our retina specialists. Following your procedure you will be provided with an eye patch and special instructions to help reduce complications. These will include some physical limitations, though most people are able to resume working and similar activities within 24 to 48 hours of their vitrectomy.

Around 50 percent of macular holes will progress to the point where treatment is necessary. The best way to determine if treatment is important to preserve your vision is through an examination with one of our experienced eye surgeons.

To schedule a consultation with one of our California retina specialists, please contact us today. 

California Retina Associates


Chula Vista Office
835 Third Avenue, Suite A
Chula Vista, CA 91911
619-425-7755

El Centro Office
1452 South La Brucherie, Suite A
El Centro, CA 92243
760-352-7755