Macular pucker occurs when a membrane forms on the surface of the retina, causing distorted or blurry vision.

The macula is another term for the center of the retina. Frequently in middle age, a membrane forms on the surface of the macula, causing wrinkles in the retina and distortion of central vision. Macular pucker is sometimes referred to as “cellophane maculopathy” or “epiretinal membrane.” These membranes can be visualized with a dilated retinal exam and specialized retinal imaging called an OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography). Visually significant membranes can be removed by a retina specialist with an outpatient surgery called a vitrectomy and membrane peel.