Macular Pucker

Also known as an Epiretinal Membrane or Cellophane Maculopathy, it is the formation of scar tissue on the surface of the central retina (macula). If the scar tissue is thin and mild, a patient may be asymptomatic and not require surgery. But, if the scarring is thick and contracted it may distort the central retina causing decreased vision or metamorphopsia (waviness or distortion of vision). Pars plana vitrectomy surgery combined with peeling of this membrane may be performed to remove this scar tissue and restore the normal anatomy of the macula resulting in improved vision.