• Can I wait on retinal wrinkle repair?


    Question:

    I was recently diagnosed with a wrinkle in my left eye’s retina. At this point with my left eye, vision is a little blurry with some distortion. I noticed the problem about 3 months ago (I am 74 years old). Is eye surgery needed right away or can it wait?


    Answer:

    While there is no urgency to have surgery performed for a wrinkle on the retina—what is called a macular pucker or epiretinal membrane—there is some evidence that the amount of visual improvement after surgery will be greater if the duration of the symptoms are shorter. In other words, the longer you wait, the less benefit you may get from surgery.


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