Treatment of epiretinal membrane

The only treatment of epiretinal membranes is surgery to remove the membrane. If your symptoms are mild, surgery is usually not necessary. Strengthening your bifocals or using a magnifier may improve your near vision, if both eyes are involved. If your symptoms are significant, surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis to remove or peel the membrane. Usually the vitreous is replaced at the same time with clear fluid (vitrectomy). The most common complications are high intraocular pressure, bleeding in the eye, and cataracts, which are the most frequent complication of vitrectomy surgery.