Thursday, January 3, 2013

Is an Epiretinal Membrane in the eye the same as macular pucker?

Q. Deciding whether or not to have eye surgery for an Epiretinal Membrane in my right eye, been doing research online about it and macular pucker keeps coming up, so decided to ask instead of assume...

A. In short, yes they are one in the same.

Does anyone know what having a pleat in the eye means?
Q. My friend's mother has to have surgery due to a pleat in the eye, does anyone know exactly what that is?

A. Macular pucker would be my best bet as to what she has.

Does anyone know anything about Macular Pucker?
Q. If you'd had experience with macular pucker, please let me know about the surgery.

A. macular pucker is another name for epiretinal membrane. It is a wrinkle that forms on the top layer of the retina or the macula in your eye and causes decreased vision. When your vision is decreased to 20/60 or worse a retina specialist will perform a membrane peel. this entails having the jelly in the back of the eye removed and peeling the membrane off. A successful operation results in vision around 20/50. The surgery is about 3 hrs long. The pt is put under and has no pain. The post-op includes eye drops for about 1 month.

what is the most challenging ophthalmological conditions?
Q. in egypt or in middle east

A. Keratoconjunctivitis sicca, or dry eye, can at times progress to a serious condition of corneal keratinization, ulceration, and scarring.

Retinal diseases vary widely -- some are common and easily remedied, while others are rare, more difficult to diagnose and require more complex treatment.

Retinal detachment A serious eye disease that requires prompt treatment
Diabetic retinopathy A medical term for damage to the tiny blood vessels that nourish the retina, and the complications diabetes causes
Epiretinal membrane Also known as macular pucker, epiretinal membrane is scar tissue-like membrane that grows on the macula and causes vision problems
Macular hole The macula is the retinal tissue at the center of the retina responsible for central vision
Age-related macular degeneration.

A serious eye disease that requires prompt treatment, retinal detachment occurs when the gel-like substance that fills the eye cavity (vitreous) begins to sag and shrink with age. While this shifting occurs in most peoples' eyes as they age, it becomes dangerous quickly if the retina tears. When fluid from the vitreous begins to leak through the tear under the retina, the retina may begin to peel away from the underlying layer. The patient begins to lose vision in the areas where the retina is detached; if left untreated, this condition can lead to permanent and severe vision loss.

Warning signs often appear before retinal detachment occurs, and prompt treatment is almost always successful in preserving vision. Patients should be aware that symptoms such as flashes of light or "cobwebs" floating in the field of vision could signal a serious problem that requires immediate medical attention.

Various treatments are available for retinal tears and detachment. If the retina is torn without detachment, either photocoagulation (creating small burns on the retina) or cryopexy (freezing small areas of the retina) are effective in holding the retina to the underlying tissue and preventing retinal detachment and vision loss. If the retina is already detached, surgeries such as pneumatic retinopexy, scleral buckling or vitrectomy may be performed.

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