What is it?

The macula is the central part of the retina; most critical for detailed vision. Macula holes are defects in the macula; either partial thickness or full thickness. They usually occur as a consequence of age related changes, but can occur because of trauma or other conditions. They can have a significant effect on central vision.

How may it be treated?

Depending on the type of hole, duration and size, surgical intervention can be undertaken. The operation, called a pars plana vitrectomy, facilitates closure. Usually a bubble of gas is inserted into the eye. The operation is usually undertaken under local anaesthetic, although general anaesthetic is available. The surgery is a day case operation, and you return home that evening.

Mr Chandra does not usually require any head “posturing” post operatively.