Macular pucker/epiretinal membrane

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I've had this for about five years now and it affects the vision in my right eye - straight lines are wavy, etc.  The worst thing is the double vision I get, as the image I get from each eye is different.  I've still to find anybody who has, or has had, this and would really like to compare notes with somebody about it.

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    I trust you are seeing a specialist in eyes? They should be able to answer your questions. Go to whoever is at the top--not to someone who just makes glasses or doesn't have the right equipment to test your eyes properly. Even good eye doctors can't see what is going on without the right equipment. Good luck.
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    Thanks for your reply.  Yes, I do see a very good optician, but am not due to see him again until about September.  I did see a consultant two years ago who said he would happily operate to remove the membrane, but it was up to me.  However, I was coping quite well at that time and my vision in each eye, with glasses, is OK, so I left it.  Now, however, although my vision hasn't really changed, I don't think, it's the double vision that is beginning to annoy me.  I think the time to have the operation is probably getting nearer!

    I don't know anybody who has had this, but would be very pleased to find somebody who has had the operation.

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    I had this and upon seeing the eye doctor, was told I could live with it or have surgery to remove the membrane affecting the retina and hopefully improve my vision.  My vision was affected in that straight lines were wavy and there was double vision.  I decided to do the surgery and had a epiretinal membrane peel and vitrectomy (removal of gel like substance inside the eye).  I was warned that this might cause a cataract which it actually did about 6 months later.  Tomorro I have the cataract surgery.  I am hopeful that after that, my vision will return to normal.  I also have macular degeneration.  I would highly recommend seeing an Opthalmologist.
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      Thanks for your reply.  I saw a vitreo-retinal consultant in October.   I've got the wavy lines etc. with my right eye, but the acuity of both eyes is quite reasonable.  I'm within the driving recommendations, although I wouldn't drive as the double vision makes me cautious about doing so.  I was told that they didn't usually operate on somebody with my level of acuity - even with the distortion.   So, it looks as though I'm just going to have to live with it and hope it doesn't get worse.

      I hope your cataract surgery has gone well and your vision is improving.

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      Yes, sounds like if you have it under control.  I'm not sure in retrospect if I would go thru it all again.  But I do admit that it is nice to see so well long distances now in that eye.  There are tradeoffs in that now I can no longer see up close without glasses.  The cataract surgery itself went fine, so I'm thankful for that.
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