Epiretinal membrane surgery

Discussion in 'Laser Eye Surgery' started by CarlosWA, Nov 3, 2004.

  1. CarlosWA

    CarlosWA Guest

    I will soon be scheduled for surgery on my otherwise healthy eye and I
    would like to know how long does it take for the vision to come back
    to be at least as good as before the surgery.

    Web sites and my doctor give general answers that do not help me. I
    need to know because my other eye has no central vision and is useless
    for reading. My work requires to read many documents and information
    on computer monitors (at client sites where I cannot use magnifying
    software). I do contract work with fixed target dates. Changing the
    contracts is not an option.

    Thank you,
    CarlosWA, Nov 3, 2004
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  2. CarlosWA

    CarlosWA Guest

    I forgot.

    I am 60. My corrected vision was 20/30 before it was decreased by the
    membrane to 20/70.

    CarlosWA, Nov 3, 2004
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  3. CarlosWA

    CarlosWA Guest

    Thank you for your answer. I know that an answer from this group
    cannot predict how long it will take for my vision to come back. In
    the absence of access to statistical information I was looking for
    actual times that has taken for the vision to come back for others who
    had an epiretinal membrane removed. As I said in my previous posting
    my eye has no other problems. I will be speaking to my surgeon again
    on this subject but where I live they are short of time to give
    answers or may not want to commit to an expected recovery time. We
    have government insurance in Canada. There are very few retina
    surgeons and they are overworked. I know my surgeon is excellent for
    the actual surgery but otherwise it is not the same service as when
    you pay your surgeon.

    CarlosWA, Nov 4, 2004
  4. CarlosWA

    Dr Judy Guest

    This is a question you need to ask your doctor, as the exact nature of your
    problem and what conditions led to the membrane formation determines the
    outcome. Having said that, this type of surgery is tricky and outcome
    depends upon how your eye responds post surgery and whether there are any
    complications during surgery. Your surgeon will not be able to give you an
    exact time for recovery, only a general estimate, neither can he know in
    advance whether you vision will come back to be as good as it was before the
    membrane formed and how long it will take.

    Dr Judy
    Dr Judy, Nov 4, 2004
  5. CarlosWA

    CarlosWA Guest

    Thanks to those who replied to my post. Yesterday my surgeon finally
    gave me an asnwer. He said that my vision should return to be as good
    as it was before the surgey between 2 and 3 weeks after the surgery if
    there are no complications. Note that further vision improvement
    should take weeks and up to three months.

    CarlosWA, Nov 10, 2004
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