What is a macular pucker?
A macular pucker is a type of scar tissue that forms on the macula and can cause distortion or blurry central vision.
What is the macula?
The majority of the interior of an eye is filled with a vitreous substance that helps maintain the shape. The macula is located in the center of the retina and is responsible for seeing fine details.
How does macular pucker form?
The primary cause of a macular pucker is age.
As we age, the vitreous substance pulls away from the retina, which is usually harmless to the surface of the retina.
This pulling away can spark a healing process in which the retina tries to heal the damage, sometimes forming scar tissue over the damaged area on the surface of the retina. This scar tissue is referred to as an epiretinal membrane, and is firmly attached. […]