When it comes to caring for your vision, it’s not only good to eat right and wear sunglasses when you’re outside, but it’s also important to be familiar with potential eye diseases that you can contract. Central serous retinopathy, is one eye condition that’s important for everyone to be familiar with. Read on to learn more.
What is central serous retinopathy?
This is an eye condition that causes the macula to detach from its supporting tissue, causing fluid to leak into the space beneath the retina.
What are the symptoms associated with central serous retinopathy?
The main symptom associated with central serous retinopathy is blurred vision. Although the exterior portion of your vision field (the outside of your eyes) will seem normal, your central vision will appear hazy or dim. Additionally, you might experience some blind spots in your vision as well.
Is it preventable?
Unfortunately, most cases of serous retinopathy are idiopathic, meaning that the exact cause is unknown. However, research does point to the fact that stress, caffeine use, high blood pressure, and the use of steroids can contribute to central serous retinopathy.
What is treatment like?
Depending on the severity of the condition, your optometrist will likely suggest making some lifestyle changes in order to get rid of your central serous retinopathy. For instance, if you are taking steroids, drink a lot of caffeine, or are under a large amount of stress, your eye doctor will likely suggest to get rid of those components in your life. If the fluid in your eye does not naturally drain due to lifestyle changes, your doctor may have to use a laser in order to shut off the area of the eye where fluid is coming from.
Any sort of eye disease can be terrifying to experience. If you notice that you suddenly have wavy or blurry vision that affects the center portion of your vision field, contact an eye doctor right away— the sooner you are treated, the better. To learn more, contact our office today!