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macular pucker
Rog08 posted:
Hello I have been diagnosed with macular pucker in both eyes one worse than the other that is reulting in eyestrain and some double vision. I have resigned myself to getting surgery but don't know how to find a docter who does a lot of these and is an expert with this type of surgery. I live in the mid-west (Kansas City area) but am willing to travel for treatment if necessary. Any suggestions on locating a surgeon that does a lot of these and has a high success rate? Thanks.
Alan M Kozarsky, MD responded:
Macular pucker is a relatively common issue when a thin layer of tissue grows on the surface of retina (back of the eye) affecting vision to a greater or lesser degree. Many cases of pucker are very minor, not progressive, and the small degree of visual effect does not warrant surgical intervention.

That being said, most retinal surgeons are very comfortable with the "pucker-peel" procedure which also includes removing the vitreous gel from the eye. A good start for finding a surgeon would be the American Academy of Ophthalmology website and go to "Find an Eye M.D." tab on the top of the opening page. Enter "retina" for specialty and your location and it will show you surgeons in your area.
Rog08 replied to Alan M Kozarsky, MD's response:
Thanks so much Doc
KPISME3 responded:
I just recently had surgery in my left eye to correct a macular pucker and the doctor was very kind and talked me through the whole process. The doctor that treated me was the same doctor that did the surgery so that was a great comfort to me. It has been ten months since my surgery and I have fully recovered without complications. If you like I can e-mail you the clinic and Doctors information but be warned he is in Alaska. But at least you could call for references from them. I know they are really good at their jobs and he does these surgerys all the time. Best wishes and good luck.

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