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Macular Pucker

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A macular pucker is caused by scar tissue forming on the eye’s macula – the area near the center of the retina that allows for sharp central vision. This retinal disorder may also be known as an epiretinal membrane, preretinal membrane, cellophane maculopathy, retina wrinkle, surface wrinkling retinopathy, premacular fibrosis, and internal limiting membrane disease. Symptoms of macular pucker may be minimal and require no treatment. In fact, in some cases this vision disorder will correct itself. However, when vision problems related to macular pucker become more pronounced, surgical options may become necessary to prevent interference with daily activities.

If you are experiencing any changes in your central vision, please contact California Retina Associates online or by calling one of our San Diego area offices at (619) 425-7755 or (760) 352-7755 to schedule an examination right away.

Macular Pucker | Macular Degeneration

Macular Pucker Symptoms

Symptoms of macular pucker may be similar to macular degeneration or macular holes. Most commonly this will include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Distorted vision
  • Wavy lines
  • Difficulty seeing fine details
  • Difficulties reading fine print
  • A gray area or blind spot in the central vision

Macular holes may produce very mild symptoms and, in some cases, no symptoms at all. However, when symptoms are present, they can eventually lead to more significant vision loss and should be brought to the immediate attention of one of our San Diego ophthalmologists. When needed, a vitrectomy can be used to restore vision and prevent future damage. Acting swiftly when vision begins to change is essential however. Vitrectomy for macular pucker is typically capable of restoring only about 50% of the vision lost.

The San Diego retina specialists at our offices have decades of combined experience helping men and women protect and enhance their vision through targeted treatment of many macular disorders. If you are experiencing any problems with your vision, please call our Chula Vista office at (619) 425-7755 or our El Centro office at (760) 352-7755 to schedule an examination and learn how we can help.

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