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Epiretinal Membrane Disease (Macular pucker)
blipa posted:
I have been diagnosed with epiretinal membrane disease and am awaiting my pre-op visit with my retinal specialist. However I have concerns about the procedure that I am looking to stifle.

- How rare is this disease for my age group? I'm only 32 but have always been very nearsighted.
- What are the chances of developing a cataract in my affected eye? I read that the chances are greater but what are the numbers?
- How rare are the listed negative side effects? Specifically how rare is a retinal detachment?
- Is my being younger than average for this affliction a good thing or bad thing in terms of chances to recoup near or total 20/20 vision in my affected eye?
- What are the chances that my other eye will develop this same problem as I get older?

And finally about the procedure itself, will I be awake and strapped down or something? The descriptions all say local anesthesia but some mention conscious sedation, as in a colonoscopy. Does it depend on the doctor?

Thank you for offering any and all info. I am quite nervous about this and things are moving awfully fast. 2 weeks ago I was going for a routine yearly exam at the optometrist and now I'm headed to a retinal specialist in a few days!

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