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A 36-year-old member asked:

I have an epiretinal membrane in my right eye. will it get worse if i don't have surgery?

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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 21 years experience
See a retina special: It may or may not get worse, causing central distortion of vision. This can be monitored by a retina specialist and at home with an amsler grid. More severe cases require a vitrectomy surgery with epiretinal membrane peel.
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Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 34 years experience
Vitrectomy: If the symptoms are severe enough, a retinal surgeon can perform a vitrectomy operation which involves delicately peeling the wrinkled membrane from the surface of the retina. Over time, this allows the retina to flatten out and assume a more normal shape. Cataract if a common complication of this operation. Without surgery, the conditions either remains stable or worsens.
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A 45-year-old member asked:

I've got an epiretinal membrane in my right eye. Will it get worse if i don't get eye surgery?

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Dr. Neil Notaroberto
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Epiretinal membranes: Have a variable course. The progression is unique for the individual. Some of the reasons surgical intervention is considered is when metamorphopsia (distorted vision) occurs or best corrected vision decreases below 20/40. These are guidelines are of course modified based on the individual and their anatomic and visual circumstances.
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Last updated Sep 18, 2017

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