Case 22 epiretinal membranes (ERM) and Adult Bests
- 1922 date of birth, female
- 2000 poor vision left eye..epiretinal membrane noted 6/36
- 2010 these photos/scan. reduced vision right eye 6/18, left 6/36
- 'Adult Bests', previously termed 'Adult onset foveomacular vitelliform dystrophy' ,
- ERM= epiretinal membrane
- PED= pigment epithelial detachment
The left eye is stable,
no treatment would improve the vision. The findings show an epiretinal
membrane, with a large 'drusen' at the fovea. The foveal changes sow an early drusenoid PED, usually part of Adult Bests disease. As the sight has not changed in 10 years, it should
remain at this level in future.
The right eye shows a similar combination of epiretinal membrane (ERM) and a drusenoid PED (pigment epithelial detachment), a feature of Adult Bests' disease. The sight in this eye has deteriorated in the last year, and it is difficult to decide whether this is because of the drusenoid PED or the ERM. There is no treatment for Adult Bests..this may get slowly slightly worse. But the ERM might progress, and colleagues wondered whether ERM removal would be helpful.