The retina is the light sensing tissue at the back of the eye. A macular hole is a small, round defect in the center of the retina. Macular holes are most common in women in their 60’s and are not associated with any systemic medical problems. Approximately 10% of patients with a macular hole in one eye will eventually develop a macular hole in the other eye.
With treatment, we are often able to close most macular holes with some improvement of central vision. The amount of visual improvement typically depends on the length of time the hole has been present. The most important step in saving your vision is early detection and treatment.