Epiretinal Membranes (ERMs), also known as macular puckers or cellophane maculopathy, are membranes that can form on the inside of your retina that appear semi-translucent, like cellophane. They may eventually lead to a “puckering” of the retina, which results in vision loss.
Epiretinal membranes are most often the result of posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) , a common condition that occurs with age. ERMs can also be linked to retinal tears, diabetic retinopathy, or retinal vein occlusions. If you’ve recently had eye surgery or sustained a traumatic injury to your eye, this may also be the catalyst for your ERM.
While most ERMs cause no symptoms, they can begin to impair your vision if they affect the macula and are allowed to progress. The most common symptom of an ERM is a form of visual distortion called “metamorphopsia” which causes straight shapes to appear crooked or wavy. You may also experience double vision, photosensitivity, or distortion in the size of the images you see.
Once they are finished their growth period, ERMs generally become stable, so Dr. Parvus can simply monitor the membrane for further developments. That said, if you do begin to experience impaired vision as a result of your ERM, Dr. Parvus may recommend surgical intervention, which has an excellent success rate for improving your vision and reducing instances of metamorphopsia.
A result of other eye conditions, an epiretinal membrane can seriously distort the way you see your world if it is allowed to progress.
At Infinity Retina, Dr. Britt J. Parvus has the specialized experience to diagnose an epiretinal membrane and monitor its progress. Using her personalized approach, Dr. Parvus will work directly with you to develop a treatment plan in which you are comfortable and confident.
Concerned about an epiretinal membrane? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Parvus today.