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Question:
A friend has been told that she has developed an eleventh layer in her retina. I can only find results for ten layers. What is the eleventh and is it debilitating?

Answer:
It is difficult to be certain without personally examining the patient, but I believe this refers to a new layer of cells growing on the surface of the retina which is called an epiretinal membrane or macular pucker. This condition can cause distortion of the retina and decreased vision. Usually this manifests as a distortion when reading or looking at straight lines. The treatment for epiretinal membrane is surgery to remove the membrane from the retinal surface.

Answered by: George Williams, MDDr. George Williams

Categories: Eye Diseases

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Answered: Jan 29, 2014

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