Macular hole

Macular hole treatment

The main treatment for a macular hole is surgery. This can be done under local or general anaesthetic. The surgeon will remove some of the jelly-like vitreous humour from inside your eye and replace it with a gas bubble. It then takes a few weeks for you to recover and for the gas bubble to encourage the hole to close. During the recovery period, your vision will probably be worse, similar to trying to see under water.¹ However, after the recovery period, 80-90% of people find some improvement in their vision compared with before the surgery. The amount of improvement depends on the size and age of the macular hole. Even if the surgery doesn’t actually improve your vision, it’s very likely to prevent it from getting any worse.²


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