Macular Hole

A macular hole is a small break in the macula, located in the center of the eye's light-sensitive tissue called the retina. The macula provides the sharp, central vision we need for reading, driving, and seeing fine detail.
A macular hole can cause blurred and distorted central vision. Macular holes are related to aging and usually occur in people over age 60.

Macular holes occur in three stages:

Foveal detachments — about 50 percent worsen without treatment.
Partial-thickness holes — about 70 percent worsen without treatment.
Full-thickness holes — most worsen without treatment.
Macular holes often begin gradually. In the early stage of a macular hole, people may notice a slight distortion or blurriness in their straight-ahead vision. Straight lines or objects can begin to look bent or wavy. Reading and performing other routine tasks with the affected eye become difficult.

Macular holes are repaired with a vitrectomy. During the surgery, a gas bubble is placed in the eye. The bubble pushes on the macula when the patient looks down, and allows the hole to heal. After surgery, most patients must maintain a facedown position for 10 days to two weeks to allow the bubble to press against the macula, sealing the hole.

Office Hours

Weekday

11:30-13:45/15:00-19:30

Saturday

11:00-13:45/15:00-19:00

Sunday,Holiday

11:00-18:00
(no lunchtime.)

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9th floor of Hulic Shinjuku Building,3-25-1, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022

TEL:03-5363-0507

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shinjuku@tokyomidori.jp

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Online reservation is available in Japanese only.
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Doctor Career

Director:Yasuhiro Shinkawa

(A board-certified ophthalmologist)

Memberships

Japan Ophthalmological Society
Japanese Retina and Vitreous Society
Japanese Society of Ophthalmic Surgeons

Certification of Completion

Course of Ophthalmic PDT Study Group
Number of cataract surgery up to the present:About 3000

Career

2001 Graduate-Medical Department of Kumamoto University
2002 Entered Department of Ophthalmology Kyoto University School of medicine
2002 Shimada Municipal Hospital
2008 Japanese Red Cross Society
2010 Kitano Hospital The Tazuke Kofukai Medical Research Institute
2014 Shinjuku-Higashiguchi Eye Clinic


 

Doctor: Hiromi Namikawa

(A board-certified ophthalmologist)

Memberships

Japan Ophthalmological Society

Career

2003 Graduate-Medical Department St. Marianna University
2005 Synthesis Shinkawabashi Hospital
2009 Medical Department St. Marianna University
2013 Shinjuku-Higashiguchi Eye Clinic

Main Research Presentations

"Axonal protection by brain-derived neurotropic factor associated with CREB phosphorylation in tumor necrosis factor-alpha-inducted optic nerve degeneration."


 

Doctor:Yuko Ando

(A board-certified ophthalmologist)

Memberships

Japan Ophthalmological Society
Japan ophthalmlogists Association

Career

1988 Graduate-Medical Department of Tokai University
1989 National Tokyo Daini Hospital
2009~Shinjuku-Higashiguchi Eye Clinic

Doctor:Ryutaro Oki

(A board-certified ophthalmologist)

Memberships

Japan Ophthalmological Society
Japan ophthalmlogists Association

Career

1987 Saitama Medical University
2014~Shinjuku-Higashiguchi Eye Clinic

Doctor:Masahiro Miyake

(A board-certified ophthalmologist)

Memberships

Japan Ophthalmological Society
Japanese Retina and Vitreous Society
Japan Society for Low-vision Research and Rehabilitation
Japan Society for Ocular Circulation

Career

2006 Graduate-Osaka City University
2006 Kyoto University Hospital
2006 Tenri Hospital
2015 Complete Graduate School of Kyoto University

Main Research Presentation

Identification of myopia-associated WNT7B polymorphisms provides insights into the mechanism underlying the development of myopia.
(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25823570)

We have 3 full-time service orthoptists, 1 part-time orthoptist, 1 full-time nurses and 3 part-time nurses in our clinic.
Another several ophthalmologists are working here.