Learn More About Epiretinal Membranes
Epiretinal Membranes (ERMs) are a thin sheet of tissue that may form on the retina’s inner surface. These ERMs also go by names like cellophane maculopathy, macular puckers, or premacular fibrosis. Much like other retinal diseases we’ve discussed, ERMs may affect your vision, though symptoms are generally minimal.
ERMs happen when cell changes occur in the back of the eye along with the vitreous gel and the macula. Normal biological cells from the retina and various eye tissues within the eye are released into the vitreous gel, potentially attaching to the macula surface. These cells may start to proliferate, turning into a “membrane.” Patients suffering from ERMs may notice they have some trouble seeing some of the finer details or they may experience trouble when trying to read fine print. Straight lines may appear wave-like or they may notice a sort of gray area in the center of their vision.
Unlike many retinal diseases, ERMs can be treated with surgery, though not all cases require it. If the ERM is considered mild and is not significantly affecting a patient’s vision, surgery may not be required. However, there is currently no treatment for ERMs that does not involve surgery.
This information is presented by Retina Macula Specialists of Miami, the largest private retina practice in the city. We are a nationally acclaimed retina practice dedicated to the medical and surgical management of vitreoretinal diseases. Each of our extensively trained doctors is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and ready to help treat eye diseases such as branch retinal vein occlusion, retinal detachment, age-related macular degeneration, and more. We have three convenient locations in Miami, Coral Gables, and North Miami Beach. For contact information or to request an appointment, please visit https://www.retinamaculamiami.com.