If you are experiencing vision problems, you will want to visit one of our expert eye doctors at The Retina Group of Washington. Our practice has over 26 specialists in the areas of retinal and macular diseases, and our Gaithersburg eye doctor will be able to give you a complete eye exam to determine whether or not you have any vision problems, including any macular holes.
The macula is part of the retina; it is responsible for fine detail vision for something that is either smaller, or a longer distance away. When a patient has a macular hole, it means that they have loss of tissue in the macula. This situation can lead to permanent loss of a patient’s central vision. When this occurs, the patient will have an area in the center of their vision that appears black, and has no vision. There are several different reasons why a person can develop a macular hole. Factors that can make it more likely that this will occur include: age; trauma to the eye; inflammatory condition; retinal vein occlusions; retinal tears; retinal detachment; or previous eye surgery. If you have a macula hole, you may be experiencing blurred or wavy vision. Your central vision can also occur blurred, or a black spot can be developing in your vision that makes it difficult to read. The use of an Amsler grid, which is a square of vertical horizontal lines, can be used by you to monitor your own central vision to see if a macular hole or pucker is developing. A macula hole can also be completely diagnosed by our Gaithersburg eye doctor when you come to our practice for a complete eye exam. It will be found during a dilated retinal eye exam. Additional testing may also be performed, possibly including Optical Coherence Tomography, a non-invasive test. Eye surgery can be performed by our eye doctor to treat this problem.
For an appointment to meet with our Gaithersburg eye doctor for a complete diagnosis and treatment of a macula hole, contact us today.