Epiretinal Membrane

An epiretinal membrane, or macular pucker,  is very common.  In most cases, only mild visual problems arise.  In some cases, the vision can become more effected.  Treatment by a trained retina specialist can help restore your vision.

What is an Epiretinal Membrane ?

An epiretinal membrane, or macular pucker, is a layering of cells on the retina– sort of like stacking up of layers of paper, that accumulate over time.

Many people may have a macular pucker, and not even realize it.

In many cases, you may not even have any visual problems.  With time, you may notice some distortion, like street lines looking crooked– this called metamorphosia.

An epiretinal membrane can be readily diagnosed by an experienced retina specialist.  In addition to the eye exam, pictures of the retina, like an OCT,  can sometimes also help.

Treatment of Epiretinal Membranes

Treatment of an epiretinal membrane, or macular pucker, is an operation.

Surgery for an epiretinal membrane is certainly not mandatory. If the membrane starts to change the vision, however, then one may wish to consider treatment.

Surgery for Epiretinal Membranes

The surgery for an epiretinal membrane is a vitrectomy, combined with a membrane peel.

When performed by an experienced retina specialist, a membrane peel is an outpatient procedure, and usually take about 30 minutes.  The vision may be worse right after surgery, but usually improves over the course of several months. No gas bubble is needed.

Nader Moinfar, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S.
Retina Specialist
Lakeland | Winter Haven
Zephyrhills | Lake Mary