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.

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. Macular hole 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, though 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.

We have produced a factsheet on macular hole:

A macular hole is very different to AMD (Age-related Macular Degeneration): for more information about this please see our What is AMD? entry.

For more information and advice about macular holes and other eye conditions please contact our Helpline on:

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