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. A'sha Brown is highly-experienced in diagnosing and treating symptoms of epiretinal membranes. In the early stages of ERMs, Dr. Brown will monitor the membrane for further developments. If you begin to experience impaired vision as a result of this condition, Dr. Brown can perform epiretinal membrane surgery, a procedure that involves the removal of the membrane to improve vision and eliminate the progression of ERMs. Dr. Brown will work with you to discuss your treatment options so you can feel confident and comfortable with your decision.
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 (PVD) , a common condition that occurs with age. ERMs can also be linked to , , or . 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. Brown 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. Brown may recommend surgical intervention, which has an excellent success rate for improving your vision and reducing instances of metamorphopsia.