Epiretinal Membrane & Macular Pucker
What Are Epiretinal Membranes?
An epiretinal membrane, also known as a macular pucker, is a thin, semi-transparent layer of tissue that forms over the macula, which is the central portion of the retina that is responsible for central vision. Sometimes, this tissue contracts, causing tractional pulling and puckering of the retinal tissue. This can distort the contours of the retina and cause some difficulties with vision. In cases where vision is affected, epiretinal membranes do not cause total blindness and typically only affect the central vision, leaving peripheral vision intact.
Although the symptoms of epiretinal membranes can cause symptoms that are similar to age-related macular degeneration (such as blurriness and visual distortions), the two conditions are distinctly different, with their own unique characteristics and causes.
Treatment for Epiretinal Membranes & Macular Puckers
In many cases, epiretinal membranes and macular puckers do not cause any issues with vision and thus do not necessarily require treatment. However, your doctor will likely want to monitor any changes to the macula on a regular basis. For patients whose vision is severely hindered by epiretinal membranes, surgery may be recommended to remove the epiretinal membrane to relieve traction placed on the retina.
Schedule a Consultation for Epiretinal Membranes & Macular Puckers
To learn more about epiretinal membrane and macular pucker treatment options, schedule a visit with one of our retina specialists, or call us toll-free at 800.331.3719 or 206.215.3850. We have locations in Seattle, Bellevue, Bellingham, Burlington, Mountlake Terrace, Kent, and Ellensburg.