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Macular hole

A macular hole is a small hole in the macula which is in the centre of the retina.

  • If you think of your eye as a camera, the retina is like thephotographic film. It is a very thin layer of tissue, which is sensitive
    to the image focused on it, and sends the information to the brain.

    At the very centre of the retina is the macula. This is a very special area of the retina, which we use for reading and recognising
    complex shapes. Sometimes, a hole forms in the macula, which prevents it from working normally. This affects your vision, particularly for
    reading and other visually demanding tasks, but it does not cause total blindness.

  • The only way to treat a macular hole is an operation. Eye drops or glasses are ineffective.

    Some patients decide not to have an operation and accept the poor central vision in the affected eye. This is reasonable, especially if the vision in the other eye is not affected. There is no “right” or “wrong” decision as every person has different needs and priorities.

    You should discuss your reasons for wanting to proceed with an operation, or for deciding not to have surgery, with your consultant.

    The operation to repair your macular hole is called a vitrectomy and usually takes about an hour.The procedure will be supervised by an experienced surgeon, who will either perform the surgery themselves or oversee a more junior surgeon who might undertake part or all of the operation.

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Macular hole consultants

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Professor Lyndon Da Cruz


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Professor James Bainbridge


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Mr Chien Wong


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Mr Robert Henderson


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Mr Mahi Muqit


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Mr Eric Ezra


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Miss Miriam Minihan


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Mr Paul Sullivan


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Professor David Charteris


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Miss Louisa Wickham


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Paying for treatment

Private Medical Insurance

If you are covered by private medical insurance, please verify the details with your insurer prior to arrival and if possible, obtain a pre-authorisation number.

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Self pay

You don’t have to be insured to come to Moorfields Private. Many of our patients pay for their own treatment.

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Interest free payment plans

We offer payment plans via a 3rd party provider for the majority of cases within the following procedures:

You are able to apply for interest free payment plans over six, nine and ten months, subject to a credit check, no deposit is required.

For more information please speak to your consultant’s practice manager prior to your consultation.

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​If a company, employer or other third party agrees to settle your account, they will be required to provide a letter of guarantee along with a deposit.

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