Macular cysts are a common age-related eye problem. They typically occur due to natural wear-and-tear but can also form as a result of inflammation or diabetes. At Marano Eye Care, Matthew Marano Jr., MD, Edward Decker, MD, Sanjai Jalaj, MD, and the team specialize in the treatment of macular cysts. To schedule an appointment at the Denville, Livingston, or Newark, New Jersey, office, call to speak with a member of the administrative staff or book online today.
Macular cysts, or macular holes, occur when the cells of the macula –– a portion of the retina that reacts to light –– pull away from each other, forming an opening at the back of your eye. Over time, the opening grows larger, affecting your vision in a variety of ways.
Common symptoms of macular cysts include:
In most cases, the symptoms of a macular cyst only affect one eye. If you experience these or other similar symptoms, make an appointment with the team at Marano Eye Care right away.
To diagnose a macular cyst, the team at Marano Eye Care reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms, and conducts a comprehensive eye exam. They also order optical coherence tomography (OCT). OCT is a diagnostic imaging method that takes photos of the retina, a component at the back of your eye.
OCT only takes a few minutes for each eye. After analyzing the thickness of your retina, the team can determine the underlying cause of your symptoms and develop a custom care plan.
Treatment of a macular cyst depends on the severity of your symptoms and the condition’s effect on your quality of life. If the cyst is small and doesn’t interfere with your vision, the team might recommend a watch-and-wait approach. Frequent appointments to regularly monitor the cyst can ensure it remains the same size and doesn’t present additional problems.
If you have a small cyst that affects your vision, the team might recommend injecting prescription medication or a gas bubble into your eye. These treatments can relieve tension in your eye and encourage healing.
If your cyst is too large to treat via medication or gas bubble, the team might recommend surgery. During surgery for a macular cyst, your provider uses special instruments to close the hole in your macula. Following the procedure, you must lie face-down for several days while your eye heals.
To learn more about treatment for macular cysts, make an appointment at Marano Eye Care. Book online or call the nearest location to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.