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    Idiopathic Epiretinal

    Dr. Chen, vitreoretinal fellow, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, asked what the risk of progression to intolerable symptoms exists for patients who currently tolerated visual symptoms associated with epiretinal membrane (ERM).

    “We looked at eyes with new diagnosis of idiopathic ERM referred to a single retina practice that had vision 20/40 or better without intolerable symptoms between the years 2009 and 2012,” Dr. Chen said. “This was a retrospective study and 5 retinal surgeons were involved in the care of patients.”

    “All eligible eyes were then categorized by their baseline OCT morphology into normal foveal contour, mild loss or incomplete loss of foveal contour and loss of foveal contour,” Dr. Chen said.

    Dr. Chen found 14% of ERMs referred to a retina practice with good vision became sufficiently symptomatic to consider surgery at 7 years. She stressed that the study was not designed to advocate for early or late surgery for ERMs with good vision, “but rather to produce statistics to help counsel patients and allow them to make an informed decision with their retina specialist.”


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