First off, the macula is that part of the retina that helps you see clearly from your central vision. When this gets damaged, you may have difficulty seeing straight-ahead objects or those within the perimeter of your central vision. Macular hole is an eye condition that affects the macula characterized by an opening or a hole that usually develops after this part of the retina has been traumatized due to pulling or stretching. Is a macular hole a common eye disease? No, this particular condition of the retina isn't common; that is, it is a rare eye disease that affects only about seven out 100,000 individuals each year. Who are at risk of developing this eye condition? According to studies, women are more prone to the disease than men. And although people may develop it at any age, it is more common in people aged 55 years old or older. Are there symptoms I should be aware of? As with other eye conditions, blurred vision is a common symptom of macular hole. But if this is accompanied by distorted or skewed lines, and/or a dark spot that you see within your central vision, then this might be an indication of a hole in your macula. Does macular hole occur in both eyes? No, a hole in one macula does not automatically mean a hole in the other. Usually, only one eye is affected. However, there is still a slight chance the disease will develop in both eyes. Will I eventually become blind? Patients who have been found to have a hole in, or full-thickness disorder of, the macula aren't at risk of becoming blind from the disease. However, their central vision will be affected in such a way that they may not be able to clearly see objects or words, or even paths directly within their central vision. For instance, they may only be able to see the top letters of an eye chart. Objects may also appear skewed or distorted. What will happen if the condition isn't treated? Individuals having problems with their vision should make it a point to consult their eye care specialist as soon as possible. Any issues you may have with your eyes can be corrected if it is detected and diagnosed early on. If macular hole isn't treated, the condition could worsen, which will affect your day-to-day. In other words, you may not be able to go about your regular routine as you are unable to clearly see straight-ahead objects. This means you may not be able to drive or accurately read.