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Macula Pucker

Epiretinal Membranes (Macular Pucker)

An epiretinal membrane is a thin, transparent layer which grows over the surface of the macula, the part of the eye responsible for delivering detailed central vision.

This membrane can shrink and contract, resulting in blurry, distorted central vision. The symptoms of macular epiretinal membrane problems can vary greatly from patient to patient, affecting one or both eyes and causing anything from almost negligible sight problems to serious loss of vision. It is not associated with a history of eye problems, and can be caused by inflammation or trauma to the eye.

Southern Eye Specialists have the most advanced equipment available to detect and diagnose macula epiretinal membrane issues, including an Optical Coherent Tomography machine (a painless procedure which generates an image of a cross-section of the retina), to Fluorescein Angiography (where a dye is injected in to your arm and images are collected of the blood vessels inside the eye).

Treatment can range from no action at all (apart from close monitoring) to actual eye surgery. Vitrectomy surgery is the process used to remove the wrinkled membrane, a procedure which is usually highly successful in improving vision and reducing distortion.