Do I need surgery?

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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.