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Doctors and scientists conducting macular pucker research are trying to answer important questions about the disorder and develop new treatments and surgical techniques. In order for this type of research to continue to make such important advances, volunteer participation is vital. People who participate in research studies have the first chance to benefit from treatments that have shown promise in earlier macular pucker research.

An Overview of Macular Pucker Research

Doctors and scientists are hard at work conducting macular pucker research. Macular pucker research studies are designed to answer important questions and to find out whether new approaches are safe and effective. Macular pucker research already has led to many new advances, and researchers continue to search for more effective methods for dealing with macular puckers.

Current Focus of Macular Pucker Research

Research studies are being conducted to determine other treatments for macular pucker.
Some physicians are researching the use of a surgical procedure in which scar tissue is peeled off without performing the vitrectomy (the usual procedure that is used for a macular pucker).
Another new surgical technique that researchers are exploring is called Fluidic Internal Limiting Membrane Separation (FILMS). This procedure removes the internal limiting membrane (a layer of the retina) for patients with both macular pucker and macular hole. After a vitrectomy, fluid is injected between the membrane and the retina that causes the membrane, along with the scar tissue, to lift away. The membrane is then removed using forceps.

Potential Benefits of Participating in Macular Pucker Research

In order for macular pucker research to be conducted, volunteers are needed. Patients who join macular pucker research studies have the first chance to benefit from treatments that have shown promise in earlier research. They also make an important contribution to medical science by helping doctors learn more about macular puckers. Although macular pucker research trials may pose some risks, researchers take very careful steps to protect their patients. Talk to your doctor if you'd like more information about macular pucker clinical trials.
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