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FAQs on Epiretinal Membranes: 

What is an epiretinal membrane?

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.

What causes epiretinal membranes?

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.

What are the symptoms of an epiretinal membrane?

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.

What is the best treatment for epiretinal membranes?

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.

Epiretinal Membrane Surgery Center - Greater Philadelphia Area

Epiretinal membranes (ERMs) form on the inside of your retina. As the membrane becomes more prominent, it can cause a disturbance in the retina which can lead to blurred or distorted vision in the affected eye. The visual distortion caused by ERM is called “metamorphopsia” which causes straight shapes to appear crooked or wavy.

At Infinity Retina, Dr. Britt J. Parvus is highly-experienced in diagnosing and treating symptoms of epiretinal membranes. In the early stages of ERMs, Dr. Parvus will monitor the membrane for further developments. If you begin to experience impaired vision as a result of this condition, Dr. Parvus can perform epiretinal membrane surgery, a procedure that involves the removal of the membrane to improve vision and eliminate the progression of ERMs. Dr. Pavrus will work with you to discuss your treatment options so you can feel confident and comfortable with your decision.

If you are struggling with epiretinal membrane symptoms, do not allow your condition to worsen. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Parvus today to receive the treatment you deserve or call (610) 606-1671.