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Hi tela44,

Just distorted vision, or wobbliness, or 20/40 vision does not mean you have macular pucker. Know that distortion in vision can come in various forms - blurriness is different than wavy vision or double vision, for example, and each has a different root cause - it could be your eye lens or retina or even the optic nerve or brain.What makes you think you have macular pucker, in particular?

Although macular pucker, or epi-retinal membrane (ERM) (which is a thin cellophane tape-like membrane on the retina) can, sometimes, cause wiggliness/waviness in vision, there are thousand other reasons why you may feel wobbly or off-balance. You need to ask a retinal specialist or an eye doctor to rule out macular pucker since that can be serious, although not always. There are different grades of macular pucker, depending on the thickness of the ERM - from grade 0 (not so serious) to grade 2 (serious). The waviness in vision is usually examined by an "Amsler grid" test - where vertical or horizontal lines appear wiggly. Do you see waviness, for example, when you look at bathroom tiles or edges of book-shelves, after correcting your vision with your normal glasses, if you have any? If so, then you should certainly see the eye doctor.

I have had slight ERM after an operation (vitrectomy) for retinal detachment, for both eyes, and initially when the eye was healing, I had slight 3-d stereoscopic and double vision problems - but both of them subsided on their own after a few weeks. May be, for a few days during that recovery period I might have felt a little bit off-balance, but not much really. Now after two years I have 20/25 and 20/30 vision in both eyes and don't really need/use glasses. However, the wiggly/wavy vision problem has not gone away in one of the eyes with severe macular retinal detachment - but that does not bother me since the other eye takes over.

Best is to see your eye-doctor and get your retina examined thoroughly, if you feel something is wrong with your vision! And, also your normal physician to see if off-balance is due to something else altogether, like, inner ear problems (which is largely responsible for your sense of balance). All the best!


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