Central Serous Chorioretinopathy

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What is Central Serous Chorioretinopathy?

Central Serous Chorioretinopathy (CSCR) is a disease that occurs when fluid builds up under the retina and causes distortion of the central vision, which usually only occurs in one eye.

Who is Affected?

Although the disease occurs in a variety of the population, Central Serous Chorioretinopathy mostly affects white males from 20 to 50. Others at risk are those with heightened cortisol levels, including those with Cushing’s syndrome, pregnancy, or systemic glucocorticoid therapy patients.

What are the Symptoms?

Some symptoms include:

  • Blind spots
  • Gray spots
  • Decreased or blurry vision
  • Distorted vision
  • Increased far-sightedness

Why does it Occur?

The answer has been controversial. Central Serous Chorioretinopathy often occurs in individuals who live stressed-filled lives–with high blood levels of epinephrine and cortisol hormones–or those who have used corticosteroids.

Getting Diagnosed

Often, the exam will include a retinal dilation and examination. Also included as part of the exam may be optical coherence tomography and fluorescence angiography.

What is the Treatment?

Although most instances go away on their own, they sporadically recur. Some ophthalmologists have used laser photocoagulation treatment to decrease the length of the occurrences. It is important to obtain a diagnosis, however, because symptoms can be mistaken when a more serious problem of retinal detachment may occur.

To schedule an appointment today to be examined for Central Serous Chorioretinopathy, please contact us at one of our convenient locations: Lake Worth: (561) 433-5200; Boynton Beach: (561) 734-5056; Delray Beach: (561) 433-5200 or fill out a contact form on our webpage.