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Should I have an injection or surgery to remove a macular pucker?

If the macular pucker is due to retinal swelling from a vascular problem such as diabetes, an injection may be helpful. However, as a general rule, macular pucker is a surgical condition. Nearly all people who undergo macular pucker surgery will develop a cataract. Therefore, the cataract can either be removed before, during or after the macular pucker surgery depending on the preference of the patient and your surgeon. All surgery has risks, but typically macular pucker is well tolerated and most people note visual improvement.

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