A patient came in for a 2nd opinion on a surgical recommendation. An epiretinal membrane is a thin sheet of fibrous tissue that can develop on the surface of the macula. It is sometimes called a macular pucker, premacular fibrosis, surface wrinkling retinopathy or cellophane maculopathy. If the vision is not significantly impacted, surgical intervention is not required. However, if vision is affected, a vitrectomy is recommended.
Vitreoretinal surgical and laser approaches can restore, preserve and enhance vision for many eye conditions such as certain types of age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, diabetic vitreous hemorrhage, macular hole, a detached retina, epiretinal membrane and CMV retinitis.