An epiretinal membrane, commonly called a macular pucker, is a thin film-like covering that can develop over the central retina known as the macula. This area of the retina is responsible for your clear central vision. Epiretinal membranes may lead to blurry or distorted vision. Some epiretinal membranes require vitrectomy surgery with removal of the membrane for improvement of vision.
- Blurred central vision
- Distorted or wavy vision
- Difficulty reading or performing tasks that require detail vision
- Gray or cloudy area in central vision
- Central blind spot
Peripheral vision is not affected.
As you age, the vitreous-the clear, gel-like substance that fills the middle of your eye- begins to shrink and pull away from the retina. As the vitreous pulls away, scar tissue may develop on the macula. Sometimes the scar tissue may develop on the macula. Sometimes the scar tissue can warp and contract, causing the retina to wrinkle or bulge.
Eye conditions that are associated with macular pucker:
- Vitreous detachment
- Torn or detached retina
- Inflammation inside the eye
- Severe trauma to the eye
- Disorders of the blood vessels in the retina