Epiretinal Membrane or Macular Pucker

Epiretinal membrane refers to scar tissue that develops on the macula, which is the area of the eye that is responsible for sharp vision. Epiretinal membranes develop for a number of reasons, including as a result of certain inflammatory diseases, or as a result of an injury affecting the eye. They can also occur in cases where there has been a retinal detachment in the past. Macular pucker is likely to cause blurred and distorted vision. The condition can be treated surgically, by means of vitrectomy. As in macular hole surgery, the vitreous gel is removed from the eye and the scar tissue or membrane is peeled from the macula.