Health Tip: Recognizing Macular Pucker

Causes distorted vision

(HealthDayNews) -- If straight lines seem wavy, or if your vision is distorted and blurry, you may have a condition called macular pucker.

A macular pucker is scar tissue that has formed on the eye's macula, located in the center of the light-sensitive tissue called the retina, according to the National Eye Institute.

A pucker is caused when the vitreous, a gel-like substance that fills about 80 percent of the eye and helps it maintain a round shape, shrinks and pulls away from the retina. Normally this causes no side effects.

However, sometimes when the vitreous pulls away from the retina, scar tissue causes the retina to wrinkle, or pucker. If the scar tissue has formed over the macula, your vision becomes blurred and distorted.

Normally a macular pucker requires no treatment. In serious cases, doctors can perform a vitrectomy, in which the vitreous gel is removed and replaced with a salt solution.

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