Surgical management of epiretinal membrane with indocyanine-green-assisted peeling

Ophthalmologica. 2003 Mar-Apr;217(2):107-10. doi: 10.1159/000068556.


Purpose: To evaluate the surgical results of pars plana vitrectomy with peeling of the inner limiting membrane (ILM) in a preliminary series of 28 eyes with macular epiretinal membrane (ERM).

Methods: Pars plana vitrectomy with peeling of the ERM was performed on 28 eyes. All preretinal macular tissues were removed including the ILM after injection of indocyanine green (ICG) solution.

Results: Postoperatively visual acuity improved within 3 months by at least 2 lines in 26 eyes. Neither the deterioration of the macula nor the recurrence of the ERM was observed during the entire period of review (6 months; range 4-8 months).

Conclusions: Vitrectomy including ICG-assisted peeling of the ERM leads to an expedited resolution of the macular pucker and improvement of visual acuity, without subsequent formation of ERMs.

MeSH terms

  • Coloring Agents*
  • Epiretinal Membrane / pathology
  • Epiretinal Membrane / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Indocyanine Green*
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Staining and Labeling / methods
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Visual Acuity
  • Vitrectomy / methods


  • Coloring Agents
  • Indocyanine Green