What is submacular haemorrhage?
Bleeding under the central retina (the macula) can cause severe damage to the central vision. Bleeding usually occurs as a result of age-related macular degeneration, or retinal artery aneurysms.
What testing might be done?
Mr Alexander will examine your eye following the use of eye drops that temporarily enlarge your pupils. He may arrange retinal photographs and an OCT scan.
How is a submacular haemorrhage treated?
If left untreated, the prognosis tends to be very poor. Surgery, involving injection of a gas bubble into the eye, can help to displace the haemorrhage away from the central retina.
What can I expect for my vision after surgery for submacular haemorrhage?
Following surgery, the vision is typically better than pre-operatively, but it can take months for it to completely settle. Further treatment may be required to treat the underlying cause of the haemorrhage.