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




11:30-18:30(no lunchtime.)


Our clinic is closed on 12/31, 1/1, 1/2, 1/3.



Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 170-0013



・1-minute walk from Ikebukuro station east exit.

・Our clinic is on the right side of "LABI (Yamada Denki)".
The clinic is on the fifth floor of the building which "Bank of Mitsubishi UFJ" is on the first floor.


・Access to our clinic from JR Ikebukuro station east exit
・Access to our clinic by car




Doctor career

Director:Yoshiko Hori

(A board-certified ophthalmologist Ph.D)
English fluent


Japanese Ophthalmological Society
Japan Ophtalmologists Association
Japan Cornea Society
Japanese Society of Ophthalmic Surgeons
Japanese Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery


1986: Graduate-School of Medicine of Iwate Medical University
1990: Post Graduate school of Iwate MedicalUniversity
1991: Iwate prefectural Ofunato hospital
1993: Department of Ophthalmology Iwate Medical University Instructor
1993: Schepens Eye Research Institute of Harvard University
1997: Department of Ophthalmology Tokyo Dental College
1997: Minami-Aoyama Eye Clinic
2008: Ichikawa general hospital Department of Ophthalmology Tokyo Dental College
2010: IkebukuroSunshineStreetEyeClinic(Director since 2010)

Main Research Presentations

The three-dimensional organization of collagen fibrils in the human cornea and sclera.(maiden name Komai)


It is said that we are gaining 80 percent of the outside information through our eyes. Because we live in the information-intensive society nowadays, we tend to overuse our eyes at any times, and tend to suffer from various kinds of eye troubles.
Therefore, ophthalmological checkup and care has become significant.
If you have any concern about your eye condition, please feel free to consult us.
We will provide careful treatment and will try our best so that you can receive our consultation with full satisfaction.


Doctor:Yasuhiro Shinkawa

(A board-certified ophthalmologist)


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


2001: Graduate-Medical Department of Kumamoto University
2002: 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: Ikebukuro Sunshine Street Eye Clinic


Doctor: Hiromi Namikawa

(A board-certified ophthalmologist)


Japanese Ophthalmological Society
Japan Ophtalmologists Association


2003: Graduate-Medical Department St. Marianna University 
2005: Shinkawabashi Hospital
2009: Medical Department St. Marianna University
2013: Ikebukuro Sunshine Street 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."(maiden name Fujino)

We have 1 full-time service orthoptist, 3 part-time orthoptists, 1 full-time nurse and 1 part-time nurses in our clinic.