How often do you typically recommend OCT scans to moniter macular edema post Vitrectomy/ERM peel surgery?
1 month post surgery my center thickness was 450
4 months post surgery my center thickness was 385
I am now at 5 1/2 months post surgery and I am wondering how I am progressing. Retina specialist didn't give any recommendations, so I think I am on my own. He did say at 4 month post surgery that a 2+ cataract suddenly formed on surgery eye, but I shouldn't do cataract surgery until eye has "settled down"...but gave me no clear numbers that would indicate "settled down"....
Would you please give us an idea what range of numbers for macula center thickness I should be watching for and how often to get an OCT to moniter it ?
Macular thickness after ERM peel does not mean there is residual edema. The macula can remain abnormally thick and still have good vision. You should evaluate visual potential with a PAM or RAM test and consider cataract surgery.
Hi Doctor O,
I love that you really try to say something of value when you answer these questions. Just know we all appreciate that !
I did not know that Macular thickness did not necessarily mean there is residual edema.
Is it important to know if the remaining thickness is due to edema in regards to it potentially causing future problems to the retina photoreceptors, etc?
I haven't been able to find any articles on this. I would GREATLY appreciate any light you can shed on this issue, as I'm sure residual macular thickness also happens to many others post surgery.
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