Epi-membrane Retinal Peel
Epi-membrane Retinal Peel (or epiretinal membrane peel) is an advanced procedure used to remove scar tissue over the macula, the central part of the eye’s retina responsible for near, detailed vision. An Epi-membrane peel is performed in conjunction with vitrectomy surgery.
First, a series of extremely small incisions are made to the sclera of the eye. This is so that the vitreous gel can be removed in order to allow the surgeon access to the retinal layer. Next, micro-forceps are used to delicately peel off the epi-retinal membrane from the macula. Finally, a small gas bubble will be placed in the eye to help hold the retina correctly in place so that it can heal.
In the vast majority of Epi-membrane peels, no sutures are required given the precision of the procedure and the instruments used. This results in minimal discomfort during the recovery period.