Surviving Recovery from Macular Pseudohole Surgery
My Second Eye Surgery: Macular Pseudohole
In 2012, I had a vitrectomy in my right eye for an epiretinal membrane with macular pseudohole. Though the surgery for both eye conditions was similar, there are significant differences between a macular hole and a macular pseudohole.
Surgery for both conditions may involve vitrectomy. However, face-down positioning is not necessarily required for recovery from an epiretinal membrane/pseudohole vitrectomy. Check with your surgeon in advance. If face-down positioning will be required, whether for macular hole surgery or macular pseudohole surgery, see the following for more information about surgery and recovery:
Why I Share My Story
The purpose of this series on macular pseudoholes and surgery is to discuss and explain
- the differences between a macular hole and a macular pseudohole
- the effects of macular pseudoholes on vision prior to, and after, surgery
- potential side effects from the surgery.
I am sharing my story so that readers can
- ensure that they are monitored carefully and frequently by their ophthalmologist and retinal specialist
- act promptly if their vision deteriorates
- have realistic expectations about surgery and visual recovery
- hopefully avoid the significant side effects I experienced.
Additional Information on Macular Pseudohole
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I was an educator of blind and visually impaired children for 42 years. Although I have read and researched a great deal and have had extensive discussions with retinal specialists, I am not an ophthalmologist or medical doctor.