We describe the utilization of indocyanine green (ICG) dye to facilitate combined/en bloc removal of epiretinal membranes (ERM) along with internal limiting membranes (ILM). The method utilizes a highly diluted preparation of ICG in dextrose water solvent (D5W). Elimination of fluid air exchange step facilitating staining in the fluid phase and low intensity lighting help minimize potential ICG toxicity. The technique demonstrates how ICG facilitates negative staining of ERMs and how ILM peeling concomitantly can allow complete and efficient ERM removal minimizing surgical time and the necessity for dual or sequential staining.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-497
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Ophthalmic and Vision Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2015


  • Chromodissection
  • Epiretinal Membrane
  • Indocyanine Green
  • Membrane Peel


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