What is it?

An Epiretinal membrane is scar tissue, which develops over the retina. This scar tissue can affect the macula; the central part of the retina which is critical for detailed vision. If it does, it can significantly affect vision; in particular with symptoms of distortion.

How may it be treated?

If epiretinal membranes cause visual problems, surgical removal can be very successful. This membranous scar tissue can be removed by an operation called a pars plana vitrectomy,. The operation is usually undertaken under local anaesthetic, although general anaesthetic is available. The surgery is a day case operation, and you return home that evening.