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What Causes Macular Pucker?

Researchers are not sure what exactly causes macular puckers. However, similar to a macular hole, a macular pucker is believed to be the result of:
 
  • The vitreous pulling on the retina
  • Certain eye conditions.
     
(Click Macular Pucker Causes for more information.)
 

Risk Factors

While not causes of macular pucker, there are certain eye conditions that can increase a person's chance of developing the condition. These eye conditions are known as macular pucker risk factors, and they include:
 
Most people with risk factors will not develop a macular pucker. And it is possible that people without risk factors will develop a macular pucker. If you are worried about a macular pucker, talk with your healthcare provider. He or she can advise you about symptoms to watch for and a schedule for regular eye exams.
 

Symptoms of Macular Pucker

Common symptoms of this condition can include:
 
  • Vision loss
  • Blurry vision
  • Mildly distorted vision
  • Difficulty seeing fine detail and reading small print
  • Gray area in center of vision
  • Blind spot.
     
Vision loss from a macular pucker can vary from no loss to severe loss, although severe vision loss is uncommon.
 
Other conditions can cause these symptoms. If you have possible symptoms of a macular pucker, you should see your healthcare provider so that the problem can be diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible.
 
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Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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