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Doctor insights on: Treatments For Epiretinal Membrane

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Can epiretinal membrane affect peripheral vision?

Can epiretinal membrane affect peripheral vision?

Not by itself: If an epiretinal membrane is the only pathology in the back of the eye, then the peripheral vision will be unaffected. Epiretinal membranes are commonly present in association with other retinal problems which may affect the peripheral vision although the membrane did not cause that. ...Read more

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Is epiretinal membrane the same thing as macular pucker?

Is epiretinal membrane the same thing as macular pucker?

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 more

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Can a moderate epiretinal membrane cause loss of depth perception.

Can a moderate epiretinal membrane cause loss of depth perception.

Eyes: Yes! At age 71 I have been wearing glasses since age 6 and have had changes made more often than I can remember. Please see your eye doctor as soon as you can!. ...Read more

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What to do if I have epiretinal membrane peel and vitrectomy plus a new lense?

What to do if I have epiretinal membrane peel and vitrectomy plus a new lense?

Epiretinal Membrane: Sounds like your doctor may have recommended surgery for your epiretinal membrane or macular pucker (ERM) as it is possibly affecting your vision. Not sure what you are asking re 'what to do'. Are you asking if you should have the surgery or are you asking what you can do after surgery? Deciding to have a surgical procedure such as ERM repair should be discussed in detail with your eye surgeon. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about epiretinal membrane peel and vitrectomy plus a new lense?

Can you tell me about epiretinal membrane peel and vitrectomy plus a new lense?

Major surgery: You apparently have a cataract and an epiretinal membrane (erm). The erm causes wrinkling of the macular area with visual distortion. The cataract obstructs the view. Removal of the cataract and then doing a vitrectomy (removal of the gel in the back of the eye) allows removal by peeling off the erm. The removed cataract is replaced with a new lense. Retinal surgeons do this often. ...Read more

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What can I expect when getting an epiretinal membrane peel and vitrectomy plus a new lens?

What can I expect when getting an epiretinal membrane peel and vitrectomy plus a new lens?

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 more

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In general how fast can epiretinal membrane disease advance and cause permanent vision loss?

In general how fast can epiretinal membrane disease advance and cause permanent vision loss?

Treatable.: An epiretinal membrane causes distortion of the vision because the membrane distorts the macular cells. It can be fixed with surgery. It can progress at different rates among patients and sometimes doesn't progress or spontaneously resolves. See your Ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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In surgery for epiretinal membrane is it likely that all of the vision that was lost will come back?

In surgery for epiretinal membrane is it likely that all of the vision that was lost will come back?

That is the goal: The epiretinal membrane , a condensation of the edge of the adjacent vitreous gel, pulls on the wrinkles the underlying retina. Removal allows the retina to flatten out and elminates some distortion from the membrane as well. If the retina was perfectly healthy underneath, then recovery is likely, but the surgery is tricky and the tissues not always health so recovery is not a guarantee. ...Read more

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Can an epiretinal membrane cause 2 or 3 letters in a line of words on a computer or on a street sign to look smudged, blurry or partly missing.

Yes: An epiretinal membrane is a condensation of the vitreous tissue atop the macular area. It's attachments to the underlying retina can cause the symptoms you describe. Hopefully these are minor and not progressive but if that happens, see a retinal surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more