Macular Pucker, Epi-Retinal Membrane, Cellophane Maculopathy & Vitreomacular Adhesion (VMA)
in Portland Maine

By Jackie Nguyen, M.D.

The Retina Specialists at Eyecare Medical Group examine and treat patients with an epiretinal membrane, also referred to as a macular pucker or cellophane maculopathy.

Epi-retinal Membrane, Macular PuckerThis retinal condition describes a cellophane-like membrane forming over the macula, or the central part of the retina. It is typically a slow-progressing problem that can affect the central vision by causing blur or distortion.  As it progresses, the membrane may cause traction and lead to swelling of the macula.

Epiretinal membranes (ERMs) are more often seen in people over 70 years of age.  Its exact cause is not completely understood, and the majority of ERMs have no associated ocular abnormality. Epiretinal membranes can be associated with other eye problems such as Diabetic Retinopathy, Posterior Vitreous Detachment, Macular Hole, and Retinal Detachment.

Signs and Symptoms of Epiretinal membranes
The signs and symptoms of Epiretinal membranes may include:

  • Blurred Vision
  • Double Vision in the affected eye
  • Distorted Vision – straight lines appear bent or wavy
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Diagnosis and Treatment of Epiretinal membranes
Epiretinal membranes are diagnosed with a dilated fundus examination and Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT).  If there is a significant effect on vision, a surgical procedure to “peel” the epiretinal membrane may be considered.  If there is no or minimal effect on vision, observation is usually recommended.

If you, a family member or friend is concerned about Macular Disease such as Macular Pucker, Epi-Retinal Membrane, Cellophane Maculopathy or Vitreoretinal Adhesion (VMA) please schedule an appointment with an Eyecare Medical Group Vitreoretinal Surgeon or Retina Specialist in Portland by calling us at 888-374-2020.

Eyecare Medical Group provides diagnosis and treatment of macular disease in Maine such as Macular pucker, Epi-Retinal membranes, Cellophane Maculopathy or Vitreomacular adhesion (VMA) and is conveniently located for patients in from Auburn, Augusta, Bangor, Bath, Berwick, Biddeford, Bridgton, Brunswick, Cape Neddick, Casco Bay, Cumberland Center, Eliot, Freeport, Gardiner, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Kittery, Lewiston, Old Orchard Beach, Portland, Sanford, Scarborough, South Portland, Springvale, Topsham, Waterville, Westbrook, Winslow, Wiscasset, Yarmouth, Portland, Skowhegan and York Maine.

Eyecare Medical Group in Portland, Maine is conveniently located for patients with Cataracts interested in
Cataract Surgery & Lens Implants (IOL), LASIK, Diabetic Eye Problems, Macular Degeneration (AMD), Glaucoma,
Diseases and Surgery of the Retina & Cornea including Retinal Detachment & Cornea Transplants.

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