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What is Macular Hole and Who is at Risk?

The following information is presented to you to describe each of the most common retinal diseases treated by ophthalmologists throughout the US. In every disorder you will notice that there is no treatment available to either correct, reverse, or delay the further progression of any of the diseases discussed. 

 The Pittsburgh Eye Protocol Can Do All Three. 

A macular hole is a hole or gap on the eye's macula, which is the central part of the retina. The macula helps you see fine print or smaller details of an object. If you can read without any problem, you have your macula to thank for it. When there is a hole in this central part of the retina, your perfect vision becomes compromised. But unlike other eye diseases like retinitis pigmentosa where both the central vision and peripheral vision may be affected, a macular hole only affects the patient's central vision.    How does it develop?  A macular hole develops as a result of the vitreous, the gel-like substance that fills the gap between the lens and the retina, pulling away from the retina. Usually, the vitreous can pull away without any issues; however, sometimes the vitreous attaches to the retina, which then causes the macula to stretch. Over time, a macular hole develops.  Why does the vitreous pull away from the retina?  This action is age-related. As one gets older, this gel-like substance starts to shrink and then pulls away from the retina. The gel starts to liquefy with age and because of normal wear and tear. It's a normal aging process that everyone will experience, which is why it usually doesn't pose any problem.   But, as mentioned above, sometimes the vitreous attaches to the retina, which may then cause a macular hole to develop. Men and women aged 60 years old and above are advised to seek consultation with an eye specialist if they start to notice that their central vision has become distorted, or they see straight lines as curved.   The good news is this condition doesn't lead to total loss of vision or complete blindness.  Who is at risk?  Apart from older people, the condition may develop in patients with myopia, or ocular inflammation. Individuals who experienced trauma or injury may also be at risk of developing the disease. Additionally, studies reveal that women are more likely to develop this eye condition than men.  If you are experiencing eye problems, particularly with your central and/or peripheral vision as well as difficulty clearly seeing objects from a short distance, the Pittsburgh Eye Protocol could be the answer to your vision problems. It is a 3-day program developed specifically for patients dealing with retinal issues, from retinitis pigmentosa to macular hole and pucker, degenerative myopia, and more. The program can help improve your vision. Learn more about it here.   
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