An epiretinal membrane (also referred to as cellophane maculopathy) is a thin sheet of fibrous tissue that forms on the surface of the macula at the back of the eye. The macula is a highly specialised piece of retinal tissue which provides central vision. In many cases, an epiretinal membrane is an incidental finding during the course of a routine eye examination. However, in some cases, the membrane will contract and distort the retina resulting in unwanted visual side effects.
What are the Symptoms?
What are the Causes?
Epiretinal membranes are largely considered to be idiopathic or without a clear cause. Clinical research suggests that the process in which the vitreous gel pulls away from the retina with age (known as Posterior Vitreous Detachment) may be a trigger. Previous eye surgery and inflammation may also be driving factors in the formation of an epiretinal membrane.
What is the Diagnosis?
Many epiretinal membranes require no treatment at all. Where there are little to no visual symptoms, routine screening of the macula with an OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) is more than adequate. In the event that vision is significantly compromised, the vitreous gel that rests upon the membrane can be removed and the membrane ‘peeled’ from the retinal tissue. This procedure can be performed by Laser Vision medical retina surgeon, Lavnish Joshi.
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More information about Epiretinal Membrane Surgery
An epiretinal membrane can be treated with a combined operation of vitrectomy and epiretinal membrane peel.View Epiretinal Membrane Surgery
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Macula hole and VMT surgery is a procedure in which the vitreous gel that fills the back chamber of the eye is removed.View Macula Hole / VMT Surgery