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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 answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery

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.

Answered 9/18/2017

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Dr. Bernard Godley answered

Specializes in Retinal Surgery

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.

Answered 6/21/2014

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