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Macular Epiretinal Membrane
Thursday, 02 April 2009 22:55

 

What is a macular epiretinal membrane?  How is an epiretinal membrane treated?

 

A macular epiretinal membrane is a retinal condition that occurs when tissue cells grow on top of the retina forming a cellophane like membrane over the macula. These tissue cells will contract and put tension on the retina and macula. This tension can cause the retina to wrinkle. If the tension is strong enough it can cause secondary retinal tears, retinal hemorrhages, a macular hole, macular pucker or macular edema. An epiretinal membrane will cause distortions in one’s vision. This can range from mild distortions to large severe distortions and double vision.

 

Surgery, membrane peel, is an option however this is only done if there is a significant visual acuity loss or severe distortion. There are risks of serious retinal problems that can occur from this surgery. Treatment also includes patient monitoring with an amlser grid.

 

Treatment

Amsler grid monitoring

Retinal Surgery

 

Last Updated on Monday, 14 January 2013 00:07
 

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