What is a macular hole?

A macular hole is a small hole in the macula which is in the centre of your retina. It causes problems with your central vision, but does not lead to total loss of sight and is not painful.

A macular hole affects the vision you use when you're looking directly at something, for example when you're reading, looking at photos or watching television. It may make your central vision distorted or blurry and, over a period of time, it may cause a blank patch in the centre of your vision.

Macular holes usually only affect one eye, although there is up to a 10 per cent (one in ten) chance that it can happen in your other eye in the future. Your specialist is best placed to tell you what your future risk might be.

A macular hole is very different to Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) for more information about AMD see What is AMD?

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