Whats an epiretinal membrane in the eye?

Wrinkle on Retina. Macular pucker or epiretinal membrane results in formation of a thin layer of scar tissue which distorts the retina. It is caused by cells migrating through a tiny hole or from inflammation. If the symptoms of blurring and distortion are severe enough, then surgery may be needed.
Macular pucker. Epiretinal membrane is a disease of the eye in response to changes in the vitreous humor or more rarely, diabetes. It is also called macular pucker.
Scar tissue . It is essentially a thin layer of scar tissue on the surface o the retina .
An uncommon problem. But, the likelihood of having this increases with age. The term epiretinal membrane means the same as macular pucker, and "scar tissue on macula." vision can be affected in two ways: blurring and distortion. Surgery is often recommended when the distortion is severe, or disruptive to vision using both eyes together, or when vision is very blurry (poor acuity). Surgery often improves things.

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Please tell me if an epiretinal membrane in the eye the same as macular pucker?

Yes and no. A macular pucker is often caused by an epiretinal membrane. But you can have an epiretinal membrane without a macular pucker. Read more...
Same. Those terms mean the same thing. Additionally, 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 more...

Is it true that an epiretinal membrane in the eye is the same as macular pucker?

Yes. Those terms mean the same thing. Additionally, 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 more...

Does epiretinal membrane usually affect 1 eye or both eyes?

Can be one or both. Epiretinal membranes usually begin in one eye however you are at risk of it occurring in the second eye. It is not related to the glaucoma. Read more...
Varies per patient. Epiretinal membranes vary from mild to severe and can affect one or both eyes. The importance is determining if there is an associated cause that needs to be treated. Sometimes they do develop spontaneously, again in one or both eyes. It does not always cause vision problems. Your eye doctor can detect this during your exam. Be well. Read more...
Either. Epiretinal membranes can affect either or both eyes. They typically worsen over time, but can be stable for long periods of time until they cause accelerated affects on vision. The main reason to have treatment (surgery) is for reduced visual acuity, or distortion. I strongly recommend to patients to have surgery before the vision is worse then 20/60. Often surgery is done with better vision. Read more...

Epiretinal membrane : I am having a epiretinal membrane formation in my left eye for past 15 years. Can it be treated, if so will I get back normal.

Depends. On how it is affecting your vision. Many people with mild or no vision loss need no treatment. Discuss this with your retinal specialist. Read more...
Macular pucker. Erm or macular pucker can be treated surgically if it is causing distortion or a significant decrease in your vision. The prognosis for getting back to normal depends on your personal case. It would likely improve, but not back to completely normal. See a retina specialist for a detailed evaluation. Read more...
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. Read more...
Depends. Macular puckers distort the retina like a wrinkle in clothing. If it has had time to set in, removing it may not allow pucker/wrinkle to completely unfurl. If you've had it with the same vision for 15 years, change after surgery unlikely to be great. If you've had for some time but it has been documented to worsen in recent months, there's a better chance to get back to pre-exacerbation vision. Read more...

Diagnosed with epiretinal membrane, that dr will watch. Also have early glaucoma & early cataracts in same eye. Which condition would be causing glare?

Complicated. They all can cause decreased vision. If the glaucoma is "early" your doctor can stop its effect. The cataract can easily be corrected with surgery. The epiretinal membrane, if it gets worse, can also be fixed with surgery. Both the cataract and erm can cause glare symptoms, but more likely the cataract. Read more...

In right eye moderate glaucoma w/optic atrophy & moderate epiretinal membrane. Last 6 mos. Colors washed out. Is this symptom of membrane or glaucoma?

Glaucoma likely. Epiretinal membranes cause distortion of the vision but don't usually alter color sensitivity as a rule. Glaucoma causes a loss of photoreceptor sensitivity and as these disappear, the color can be diminished. So glaucoma is more likely the cause of your color washout. Read more...