You might never imagine you could experience a wrinkle of the eye, but a macular pucker (the medical term) is a condition that can lead to vision loss. Alessandra Bertolucci, MD, and the team of highly skilled doctors and retina specialists at of Associated Eye Physicians, provide the highest standard of care for patients in Clifton and Elizabeth, New Jersey, and the surrounding communities. They expertly treat retina wrinkles so you can see clearly again. Call the office closest to you or request an appointment using the online system.
A wrinkle of the eye is a wrinkle that forms on your retina — the part of your eye that focuses light and interprets the images you see. Also called an epiretinal membrane (ERM) or a macular pucker, a wrinkle of the eye develops from scar tissue that grows across the surface of your retina and distorts your vision. As the scar tissue contracts, it can cause your retina to wrinkle so straight lines you see may appear wavy or blurry.
ERMs that cause vision loss typically respond well to surgical removal by a retina specialist, like Dr. Bertolucci and the team of ophthalmologists at Associated Eye Physicians.
As you get older, the gel-like material in your eye called vitreous slowly shrinks and pulls away from the surface of your retina. As the vitreous separates from the retina, it causes microscopic damage to the retina, and as the retina attempts to heal itself, scar tissue sometimes forms. This scar tissue can become a retina wrinkle.
A wrinkle in the eye could also be the result of an injury or a medical condition like diabetes that leads to retinal damage or burst blood vessels that create scar tissue. In some cases, you may not notice any changes in vision except perhaps more floaters, but others experience blurred, distorted vision. You may also experience difficulty seeing fine details or small print, and you may develop a gray area in the center of your vision.
If symptoms are mild, a retina wrinkle doesn’t require treatment, but if you have considerable vision problems as a result of the wrinkle, surgery can remove the scar tissue and the vitreous gel from your eye. This procedure is called a vitrectomy, and Dr. Bertolucci usually performs it with a local anesthetic. During the procedure, she removes the vitreous from your eye to prevent it from pulling on the retina and replaces it with a salt solution.
A vitrectomy typically allows the retina to lay flat again and improves your vision at least partially. If you have a wrinkle in your eye, Dr. Bertolucci discusses your treatment options so you can make an informed decision if surgery is the best option for you.
For a comprehensive eye exam to evaluate your symptoms, and the latest available treatments for retina wrinkles, call the office closest to you or request an appointment using the online booking system.