Regression of epiretinal membrane after optic nerve atrophy



To describe a case of epiretinal membrane (ERM) regression after optic nerve atrophy.


Retrospective case report.


A 56-year-old man with progressive visual impairment was found to have an ERM with associated retinal thickening and distortion (documented with spectral-domain optical coherence tomography [OCT]). In addition, we noted a slight unilateral paleness of the optic nerve. The patient denied any further diagnostic investigation and presented himself again 2 years after the initial presentation. A new OCT examination at this point revealed a remarkable regression of the ERM and atrophy of the retinal nerve fiber layer.


Regression of ERM may occur after optic nerve atrophy. A potential causal linkage is suggested based on the atrophy of the retinal nerve fibers and regression of the glial cells.

Eur J Ophthalmol 2016; 26(6): e165 - e167

Article Type: CASE REPORT



Barbara Wetzel, Georgios Mylonas, Franz Prager, Guenal Kahraman, Clemens Bernhart, Robert Lux, Michael Amon

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Financial support: No financial support was received for this submission.
Conflict of interest: None of the authors has conflict of interest with this submission.

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  • Department of Ophthalmology, Academic Teaching Hospital of St. John of God, Vienna - Austria

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