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Alternative Treatments For Epiretinal Membrane
Yes: An epiretinal membrane is a thin scar tissue-like layer that can distort the macula or cause swelling. Sometimes a pucker is referred to as "scar tissue on the retina", and "epiretinal gliosis." when appropriate, surgery to remove the pucker may be a good idea to halt vision deterioration, or modestly improve vision. Best to see a retina specialist for this kind of problem. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I don't know how I developed a epiretinal membrane, but it isn't affecting my vision much. How likely is it to affect vision in the future?
Not really: However, over long periods of time, most epiretinal membranes worsen. An epiretinal membrane should be monitored every 6-12 months for worsening. Once it reaches a certain threshold of effect on vision (poor visual acuity, or lots of distortion), surgery may be of benefit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If visual accuity before surgery for epiretinal membrane is 20/50, after surgery will vision be 20/50 or is it likely to be worse initially.
Yes: Immediately following surgery visual acuity is often worse until the eye recovers, though some patients have better vision immediately. Once the eye heals typically two thirds of patients enjoy an improvement of 2 or more lines on the eye chart. So a vision of 20/50 would be expected to settle in at 20/30 or better, though some eyes do not improve. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Membrane atop macula: Normally the vitreous gel which fills the eye sits on top of the macular (and the rest of the retina) with no direct connection. But sometimes, usually with age, trauma or surgery on the interior of the eye, there is a condensation of the vitreous gel edge in this area which can cause a wrinkling of the retina and visual distortion. This is an epiretinal membrane. ...Read more
I have a epiretinal membrane. Dr said he isn't too concerned but will check it in a year. Why does it need to be monitored?
Monitor for vision : Most empire tonal membranes do not require intervention. However if it progresses causing vision distortion, vitreomacular traction, retinal swelling or intraretinal cystic changes then removal may be indicated. This is surgery performed only by a vitreoretinal specialist. ...Read more
Yes: Yes, both terms describe the same condition. This condition results from a membrane forming from a remnant of vitreous that stays adherent to the retina after the vitreous separates from the retina. This condition may never cause visual issues, but in some people the membrane will wrinkle and may need to be surgically removed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See below: Epiretinal membranes are peeled when these membranes distort the macula (central retina) and thus the central vision. Vitrectomy is necessary in order to allow surgical instruments access to the membrane on the macula to peel it. This should improve central visual distortion. Vitrectomy always accelerates cataract formation, so a new intraocular lens replaces the cataract to focus light better. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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