Definition: Epiretinal membrane is a layer on the surface of the retina which causes wrinkling of the retina. It is also called 'macular pucker' or 'cellophane maculopathy'.
Symptoms: Patients will experience distortion of images, bending of straight lines,
double vision, a shadow next to the words when reading, and/or blurred vision.
Treatment: Epiretinal membranes can be removed surgically. This involves a 'vitrectomy' (removing the vitreous gel) and peeling the membrane with or without a 'cataract' operation. This can be performed as a day case procedure with the patient either awake or asleep.
Outcome: The operation usually improves the distortion, double vision, and reading. Sharpness in vision can also improve, but it typically does not improve to a level when the eye did not have the condition. The condition can also recur in rare cases.
The condition is not a blinding condition and therefore urgent treatment is not necessarily. However, epiretinal membranes typically progresses and stabilizes.
Please consult your LEC specialist to discuss the best options for you.
MACULA WITH EPIRETINAL MEMBRANE VS NORMAL MACULA