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Old 10-04-2012, 09:51 PM   #1
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Trying to understand epiretinal membrane

Hi...

I had a scleral buckle 6/7/2012 and a vitrectomy 7/16/2012 as the buckle didn't stop the detachment. Now I have a macular pucker.

I want to understand why is it that 20/20 vision cannot be achieved after the ERM. I may be thinking wrongly. I guess I don't understand the mechanics of what has happened to my macula...

Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you...

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Old 10-08-2012, 04:22 AM   #2
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Re: Trying to understand epiretinal membrane

Hi, from one newbie to these boards to another.
Had your macula been detached during retina detachment? And how long after the first RD symptoms did you have your 1st surgery?
The membrane itself is not responsible for visual acuity (esp. since surgery can remove it) but if it has affected your retina or macula (by causing detachment) it can affect vision due to the macula detachment.
Membranes "tag" on the retina so if they are not removed on time, they MAY cause detachment. That is why they are dangerous and must be removed as soon as seen.
Hope this helps a bit.

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Old 10-08-2012, 09:21 AM   #3
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Re: Trying to understand epiretinal membrane

Thank you for the reply

My RD was not in the macula area it was in the perifrial. I think it happened in Feb of this year but wasn't discovered until the end of May. It doesnt effect my vision much because I can't see my left nostril...

This epiretinal membrane has only recently developed. I had the buckle 6/7/2012 and the vitrectomy 6/16/2012 as the buckle didnt take in one area...again near my nostril. So my pucker is pretty new. In fact 5 weeks ago when I went in it was forming but not over the fovia. Now it has.

I guess I thought that when they took it off it would be like peeling off a sunburn. Not so...it has done permanent damage to the fovia/macula. The can clear up some of it but it will never be 20/20 even with correction

Have you had it done? If so how was your outcome? Before this grew I had 20/30 uncorrected. I am still hoping for that or something near it.

Thank you SO much for your reply...it's so lonely!

 
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:16 AM   #4
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Re: Trying to understand epiretinal membrane

It *is* lonely to go through this. And I hope not so in the board. I joined after reading some old posts that I found very nice and helpful. But I don't see much recent traffic on RD.
I had membranes growing and "tagging" on my retina and corrected with surgery. They didn't grow back.
It's unfortunate to have them over your macula.
The best you can do is follow up with your doctor and do as they say. They know when they have to operate or not. My surgeon said he doesn't normally take the membranes off until they grow to a dangerous point. So following up and close examination is critical.
Sorry I can't help much. I'm just sharing based on my experience and what I've read since all this started.
Thanks for being online! Hope more people join in!

 
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