Central Serous Retinopathy

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What is Central Serous Retinopathy?

In central serous retinopathy (CSR) (sometimes called central serous choroidopathy), fluid builds up under the retina and distorts vision. Fluid leakage is believed to come from a tissue layer with blood vessels under the retina, called the choroid. CSR commonly occurs in healthy young males between 30 and 50 years of age.

Patients diagnosed with CSR generally have a good prognosis for recovery of vision, though the condition may take six months or more to resolve. Recurrence of leakage is quite common. Steroid use and stress can also contribute to CSR. We will often perform a fluorescein angiogram to confirm the diagnosis of CSR.

Is treatment necessary?

No treatment is necessary. If vision is significantly affected over many months, laser treatment can be done to shrink the blister.

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