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Diagnosed with macular hole and referred for surgery

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Diagnosed with macular hole and referred for surgery .worried about aftercare and being face down as recently had spinal surgery -will my condition get worse if not treated as I can manage as long as I don't close my good eye
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  wieyedoc replied 1 year ago.

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I am a retina surgeon.

Yes. Time is of the essence with a macular hole.

It will get worse without timely treatment...

You will, however, not go totally blind as the hole enlarges; you will only loose a larger and larger part of your central vision.

You will become legally blind (less than 20/200 vision) but you will still have side vision for getting around...

So. What should you do?

If at all possible, I strongly recommend that you proceed with your vitrectomy, any recommended adjunct treatment of your macular hole, and gas/fluid exchange.

There are places that rent/sell specialized equipment to make it easier for you to do face down positioning. Ask your retina surgeon for stores near you.

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