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An epiretinal membrane is a thin layer of scar tissue that can grow across the macula, and can distort or blur central vision. It is also known as a macular pucker, cellophane maculopathy or preretinal membrane. We take a look at the condition, symptoms and treatments.
An epiretinal membrane is a thin layer of scar tissue that can grow across the macula, and can distort or blur central vision. This condition is also known as a macular pucker, cellophane maculopathy or preretinal membrane.
An epiretinal membrane often occurs as part of the aging process, as the vitreous (the jelly inside the eye) shrinks, and pulls away from the retina. It most commonly occurs in people over the age of 50. Some cases of epiretinal membrane are caused by previous eye trauma, retinal detachment, diabetes or inflammation inside the eye.
Vision loss due to epiretinal membrane can vary from no loss to severe loss, although blindness is very uncommon. The condition usually affects one eye, although it can later develop in the other eye.
Often, epiretinal membranes are found by chance on routine eye screening by a local optician. If you experience any of the symptoms above, you should see an optician for an initial eye assessment. You may then be referred to an ophthalmologist for a more detailed assessment.
We can arrange for you to see a leading consultant ophthalmologist who specialises in managing epiretinal membranes through a vitrectomy using state-of-the-art instruments. Your chosen consultant can advise you about the vitrectomy procedure for your condition.