A Macular Hole is a small break in the Macula – located in the center of the eye’s light-sensitive tissue called the retina. A Macular Hole can cause blurred and distorted central vision. The Macula provides the sharp, central vision we need for reading, driving, and seeing fine detail. Macular Holes are related to aging and occur in people over age 60.
Although some Macular Holes can seal themselves and require no treatment, surgery is necessary in many cases to help improve vision. Macular Holes and age-related Macular Degeneration are two separate and distinct conditions, while the symptoms for each are similar. Both conditions are common in people 60 and over.
Like with many eye conditions, early detection and prevention is key.