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I am a retina surgeon and deal with this issue at least every week.
Do you know what your vision is in your affected eye at the moment?
Also, did your ophthalmologist say that your decreased vision is completely due to your macular pucker or do you have other issues such as cataracts etc.
Attributed to macular pucker . . .
Were you evaluated by an ophthalmologist (eye MD) or an optometrist?
Also, do you know what your vision is in that eye? (20/20, 20/40 etc...)
Initial appointment with optometrist who referred me to ophthalmologist with a mis-diagnosis of CSRS (?)
Well, I do not recommend doing anything for an epiretinal membrane (also called macular pucker) until vision drops below 20/40 as before that point the risks of the surgery are more then the risks of just leaving things alone.
Treatment involves doing surgery, under local anesthetic, called a vitrectomy and membrane peel. In experienced hands it is very successful but in almost everyone a cataract will form sometime later, usually in a year or two and will require a second surgery to fix.
Here is a very good web page from a very reliable source that discusses this condition in detail:
Ok - but please note my vision in the left eye was measured to be 20/60 by the specialist (and 20/40 in my unaffected right eye.)
I did a surgery for this condition last week and the patient has already noticed a decrease in the distortion he was experiencing, although his vision is not back 100% yet
Well, at 20/60, with no other condition such as cataract contributing to your decreased vision, you would -- if you wanted to have surgery -- be a candidate, all other things being equal.
But there is no rush to have surgery nor is there really any big risks to waiting.
I cannot see anything that you are typing. Our chat system may not be working well at the moment. I'll switch over to the Q&A system. This system works a lot like 'text messaging' but an email is sent to each of us anytime something is posted to this thread. We can continue to work on your question there..... :)
To conclude our chat then, am I to understand that remedial procedures are limited to that of a vitrectomy, e.g., there is no "laser-related" procedure?
Your reply will suffice to conclude our conversation. Thank you for your input as well as the link to the Cleveland Clinic.