Central Serous Retinopathy

Central serous retinopathy (CSR), also called central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC), is a retinal condition that causes a buildup of fluid in the back of the eye, which can result in temporary or recurring vision loss. The eye doctors at our practice are retina specialists with experience in the diagnosis and treatment of central serous retinopathy and other diseases and conditions of the retina.

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What is Central Serous Retinopathy?

Your retina is a thin layer of tissue located at the back of your eye that is responsible for processing light through the optic nerve in order to create images. The macula is a part of the retina that helps you see details. Central serous retinopathy occurs when fluid pools underneath the retina, which can cause distortion of the macula.

Symptoms of Central Serous Retinopathy

The most common symptom of central serous retinopathy is blurry vision, typically in one eye. You may also notice a dark spot in your central vision or a change in the way you perceive colors. It is also possible to have no symptoms, especially if the fluid accumulates away from the macula.

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What Causes Central Serous Retinopathy?

It is not fully understood what causes central serous retinopathy. Risk factors and conditions that are associated with central serous retinopathy include increased stress and regular use of corticosteroid medications.1

How is Central Serous Retinopathy Diagnosed?

Central serous retinopathy is diagnosed during a dilated eye exam. Diagnostic tools we use to confirm a diagnosis include a photographic test called fluorescein angiogram that involves the injection of a small amount of dye and a simple scan called optical coherence tomography (OCT).

Treatment for Central Serous Retinopathy

A treatment plan for central serous retinopathy begins with monitoring of the condition. Fortunately, central serous retinopathy will often resolve itself. Patients with CSR commonly see improvement within several weeks or months with no need for medical treatment. If you do have persistent or recurring CSR, our retina experts can develop a treatment plan that may include systemic medications, laser procedure or photodynamic therapy.

Contact Retina Vitreous Associates

At Retina Vitreous Associates, we are committed to providing world-class specialty eye care for patients. Our eye doctors will take the time to discuss your diagnosis and your options with you in order to create a personalized treatment plan. Contact us with any questions or to schedule an appointment.

1 American Society of Retina Specialists. Central Serous Retinopathy. Available: https://www.asrs.org/patients/retinal-diseases/21/central-serous-chorioretinopathy Accessed August 18, 2020.

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