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A 59-year-old female asked:

What is the difference between macular degeneration & epiretinal membrane?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 52 years experience
Two different condit: Your eye doctor can explain it to you if you ask! macular degeneration is a more serious condition as it can threaten your vision, so it needs urgent treatment.
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Dr. Hussain Elhalis
Ophthalmology 13 years experience
Both affect retina: The retina has multiple layers. Macular degeneration involves the breaking down (degrading) of one of the layers of the retina. Most commonly this is age related. An epiretinal membrane is a scar tissue layer that forms on top of the retina. It can cause the retina layers beneath it to wrinkle or become swollen. This can be spontaneous, after eye surgery, or after retinal tears and detachments.
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Dr. Colin McCannel
Retinal Surgery 32 years experience
Totally different: Macualr degeneration is a condition that directly affects layers of the retina in the back of these that are responsible for light sensing (outer segments and RPE). The condition is usually present in the setting of having genetic suseptability. Epiretinal membrane grows on the inner surface of the retina. Is causes secondary retinal swelling and distortion affecting vision.
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A 59-year-old female asked:

Comparing macular degeneration and epiretinal membrane, which is the most serious and why?

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Dr. David Campbell
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Macular degeneration: Macular degeneration occurs mainly in two forms, wet and dry. We can't treat the dry type except to recommend cessation of smoking and add AREDS-formula vitamins to your diet. Wet degeneration can be treated with injections but still results in vision loss. An epiretinal membrane can be fixed surgically, if needed.
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