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Central Serous Chorioretinopathy

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Central Serous Chorioretinopath Overview

Central serous chorioretinopathy is an eye disorder that causes a pocket of fluid to form in the center (macula) of the retina. The pocket of fluid builds in the eye and causes the retina to detach at the macula. This can lead to blurry vision, blind spots, and distorted color vis ion. It is not completely understood why the fluid collects within eyes that are otherwise healthy.

Central serous chorioretinopathy is most commonly diagnosed in young males or people with aggressive personalities. While it’s not painful, this condition has the potential to be disruptive to a person's daily life. People with central serous chorioretinopathy may have to tem porarily change their glasses or contact lens prescriptions, and may see a ring around objects.

Most cases resolve by themselves and happen only once. The majority of patients with central serous chorioretinopathy experience a full restoration of their vision.

Diagnosing Central Serous Chorioretinopathy

If you are experiencing symptoms of central serous chorioretinopathy, you should schedule a complete eye exam with your ophthalmologist. Depending on the initial exam, your doctor may order further tests, such as a scan of the back of your eye.

Central Serous Chorioretinopathy Treatment

Once diagnosed, the physician will periodically check the eye for improvements or changes. While laser treatments can speed recovery, it will not have any impact on the quality of your long-term vision.

Most doctors only will offer laser treatment if the eye hasn’t returned to normal after a reasonable amount of time or if the patient has repeated recurrences of the condition.

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Last reviewed by a UPMC medical professional on 2024-04-19.