Epiretinal macular membrane

Retina is a very thin layer of tissue on the back of the eyeball and sends information to the brain. At the centre of it there is the macular which is a special part of retina and used for recognizing complex shapes. Epiretinal macular membrane is the disease that a thin sheet of fibrous tissue is formed on the surface macular.

What causes the epiretinal macular membrane?

This disease mostly happens because of vitreous (the jelly inside of the eye) detachment from the retina, and this commonly happens among the people whose age of 40-60.
Also, it’s sometimes caused by after eye surgery or inflammation inside of the eye.


How to examine

Firstly, the vision check and the examination using amsler chart would be done and then we observe the retina precisely by Optical Coherence Tomography.
To check the back of the eye, we use eyedrop dilating your pupils. After applying the eye drop your eyesight would be blurred and you may have too much brightness for 5-6 hours. (The effect can differ depends on individuals)

Treatment to an epiretinal macular membrane

Eyedrops or glasses are not effective for the disease. If the symptoms are serious, it will be treated by the operation (removing the vitreous from the inside).

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Doctor career

Director:Yasuhiro Shinkawa

(A board-certified ophthalmologist)


Japan Ophthalmological Society
Japanese Retina and Vitreous Society
Japanese Society of Ophthalmic Surgeons

Certification of Completion

Course of Ophthalmic PDT Study Group
Number of cataract surgery up to the present:About 4000


2001 Graduate-Medical Department of Kumamoto University
2002 Department of Ophthalmology Kyoto University School of medicine
2002 Shimada Municipal Hospital
2008 Japanese Red Cross Society
2010 Kitano Hospital The Tazuke Kofukai Medical Research Institute
2014 Shinjuku-Higashiguchi Eye Clinic


The eye clinic is the place where the patients, who have vision problems, can recover their eye function and feel how great ''I CAN SEE THINGS' 'is. When we share something impressive with the patients, we feel the happiest.
We’ll continue seeing the patients sincerely.
Thank you very much.


Doctor:Fumiyo Hasegawa

(A board-certified ophthalmologist)


Japan Ophthalmological Society
Japan Ophthalmologists Associasion
Japanese Association for Strabismus and Amblyopia(JASA)


1992 Graduate- Medical Department of Teikyo Univercity
2002 The head ophthalmologist at International Catholic Hospital
2020 Shinjuku-Higashiguchi Eye Clinic


Nowadays Japan has the issues of a super-aging society, and it is necessary to start caring the eyes from a young age in order to keep the eyes healthy.
I believe it is very important to examine and diagnose by understanding what patients are worried about, and giving individualized treatment plans.
My belief is to help and support all patients keeping their eyes well-conditioned throughout the life. If there's anything you are worried about, even the small things, please do not hesitate to ask me. Thank you.

We have 1 full-time service orthoptist, 5 part-time orthoptists, 1 full-time nurse and 3 part-time nurses in our clinic.
Another several ophthalmologists are working here.