Central Serous Retinopathy

What is Central Serous Retinopathy?

Central serous Retinopathy is a condition in which a small pool of fluid seeps under the central retina (the macula) due to a defect in the normally water-tight layers beneath the retina. Fluid leakage produces a blister-like elevation of the macula that alters visual function. Central serous retinopathy most commonly occurs in a person’s thirties to fifties.
 

What causes Central Serous Retinopathy?

The cause of central serous retinopathy is unknown, although the condition can be associated with stress, oral or injectable steroid use, or “type A” personalities.
 

How is Central Serous Retinopathy diagnosed?

A photographic test called fluorescein angiogram can provide very important information about the severity of your problem and the best treatment approach for your eye.  In this test, a small amount of dye is injected into an arm vein and special photographs are taken of your retina’s blood vessels as the dye courses through them. A simple scan called optical coherence tomography (OCT) may also be done in order to determine the extent of fluid accumulation in the macula.
 

How is Central Serous Retinopathy treated?

Since most cases of central serous retinopathy resolve spontaneously, treatment is infrequently necessary. In some cases, in-office laser or photodynamic therapy is utilized to hasten resolution or treat cases that do not resolve on their own.

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