Macular Hole Updates: Treatments, Recovery Suggestions, and Patient Issues

Joy Efron
Joy R. Efron, Ed.D.

During the eight years since I wrote Surviving Recovery from Macular Hole Surgery in 2009, there have been many changes in medical theory, practice, and treatment for macular holes. I have been contacted by dozens of people worldwide.

This updated series addresses advances in treating macular holes, recovery suggestions, and important patient issues during recovery.

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A Disclaimer

I was an educator of blind and low-vision 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 a medical doctor.

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My Suggestions for Patients Having Macular Hole Surgery

Question Your Retinal Surgeon about Vitrectomy Surgery Be informed, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Be polite, respectful, and assertive about your concerns and needs. Ask how many vitrectomies […]

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Important Issues Raised by Macular Hole Patients

These issues related to macular hole surgery and recovery were most frequently cited by the readers who contacted me following the publication of my five-part series Surviving Recovery from Macular […]

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Insurance Coverage and Reimbursement Issues for Macular Hole Surgery

Medicare, most health maintenance organizations, and most insurance companies still consider face-down equipment to be in the category of “comfort and convenience” and not “medically necessary.” This is an extremely […]

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Macular Hole Surgery Recovery Techniques and Suggestions from Readers

In Surviving Recovery from Macular Hole Surgery, I discussed Factors Contributing to a Successful Outcome After Macular Hole Surgery and Suggestions for Maintaining Face-Down Positioning After Macular Hole Surgery. Since […]

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Advances in Macular Hole Treatment and Recovery

I know the following changes since my macular hole vitrectomy surgery in 2009. One of the most significant changes is that more information is available online. However, this information is […]

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Macular Hole Statistics

My source for macular hole statistics is The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Retina/Vitreous Panel, Preferred Practice Pattern® Guidelines. Idiopathic Macular Hole 2014, Updated 2019.  (Idiopathic Macular Hole Preferred Practice […]

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My Journey and Vision Recovery from Macular Hole Surgery

Many VisionAware readers have written to me, asking about my vision recovery. It is over eight years since my vitrectomy surgery for a full-thickness macular hole in my left eye. […]

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