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What treatment would you recommend for cystoid macular oedema with an epiretinal membrane?

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Cystoid macular oedema can be caused by many factors and generally this depends on how it is treated. An epiretinal membrane is a thin sheet of fibrous tissue that develops on the surface of the macula and can cause problems with central vision. This happens because the jelly inside the eye (vitreous) pulls away from the retina. This can form as part of the aging process or inflammation post-surgery (such as cataracts). It is recommended the only way to treat this is with surgery to remove the vitreous jelly however this will be determined by a discussion with an ophthalmologist about the reasons behind the epiretinal membrane and what treatments will be suitable for you.

There is also the option of having intraocular steroids via drops or orally, but this depends of the type of condition you have and the causes. All the options discussed must be dealt with by an ophthalmologist and agreed by yourself.

Answered by Health at Hand nurses.

 

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