Can Central Serous Retinopathy Be Treated?
The disease usually cures itself, and in most cases will disappear within a few months. Healing occurs as surrounding RPE cells slide over the leak to reseal it. The doctor may recommend that the patient monitor vision at home using a piece of graph paper called an Amsler Grid. Sometimes thinning of the RPE in the leaky area results in mild to moderate vision damage, but this is fairly unusual. Rarely, abnormal new vessels may grow causing scar tissue and a threat of permanent vision loss. Laser or medications may be recommended in these cases. Treatment may also be recommended if the condition does not resolve after several months, or if symptoms prevent necessary activities. Treatment is usually delayed to try to let the condition resolve itself, and because laser can rarely worsen the leak. Leakage can recur, although this is fairly unusual. This can occur at the same site or at a different site; and it can occur with or without previous
laser. Your doctor will discuss with you the particular circumstances of your case, and the risks, benefits, and alternatives of treatment versus observation.
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What do I need to do afterwards?
Because it can take up to a week for the laser treatment to seal the retinal tear, a period of decreased activity for about 10-14 days is recommended. It is normal for flashing lights or floaters to continue after the laser surgery. Since most retinal tears occur in the setting of a PVD, it is possible to develop another retinal tear or detachment within a few weeks or months after the first tear. It is very important that if you notice any big increase in floaters, flashes or a loss of the peripheral or side vision that you return promptly for another evaluation.