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Idiopathic epiretinal membrane surgery: safety, efficacy and patient related outcomes

Authors Iuliano L, Fogliato G, Gorgoni F, Corbelli E, Bandello F, Codenotti M

Received 14 April 2019

Accepted for publication 1 July 2019

Published 15 July 2019 Volume 2019:13 Pages 1253—1265

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/OPTH.S176120

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Peer reviewers approved by Dr Amy Norman

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser


Lorenzo Iuliano,1 Giovanni Fogliato,1 Francesca Gorgoni,2 Eleonora Corbelli,1 Francesco Bandello,1 Marco Codenotti1

1Ospedale San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Vita-Salute University, Milan, Italy; 2Ospedali Riuniti di Ancona, Università Politecnica Delle Marche, Ancona, Italy

Abstract: This review aims to give to the reader an overview selectively oriented on safety and efficacy of surgery, providing concise and direct answers about crucial questions of trainees and experts. Surgery for idiopathic epiretinal membrane (ERM) is a safe and effective procedure that can achieve long-term stable postoperative visual and anatomical improvement, with an overall low recurrence and complication rate. Young patients, with a short onset of symptoms and with better initial visual acuity achieve higher levels of visual outcome. The preoperative degree of metamorphopsia is the prognostic factor for their postoperative degree. Successful results may be obtained in eyes with specific optical coherence tomography criteria, such as thin ganglion cell layers, thin internal plexiform layer, longer photoreceptors outer segment, regular ellipsoid zone and cone outer segment tips line, and without ectopic inner foveal layer. Internal limiting membrane peeling demonstrates positive anatomical and functional outcomes, but final positions about its safety remain controversial.

Keywords: idiopathic epiretinal membrane, outcome, safety, efficacy, prognostic factor

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