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A Summary of Macular Hole Stages

 
There are three stages to a macular hole:
 
  • Foveal detachment (stage I)
  • Partial-thickness hole (stage II)
  • Full-thickness hole (stage III).
     
Foveal Detachment (Stage I)
Without macular hole treatment, about 50 percent of stage I macular holes will progress.
 
Partial-Thickness Hole (Stage II)
Without treatment, about 70 percent of stage II macular holes will progress.
 
Full-Thickness Hole (Stage III)
When a stage III macular hole develops, most central and detailed vision can be lost. A macular hole can lead to a detached retina, a sight-threatening condition that should receive immediate medical attention.
 
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