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Central Serous Retinopathy

What Is Central Serous Retinopathy?

Central Serous Retinopathy refers to a condition where there is a leakage of fluid into the central retina, causing blurred and distorted central vision.


What Causes It?

The specific cause of CSR is unknown. It occurs due to a leakage of fluid from the layer underneath the retina. It seems to be most common in males who have recently been suffering significant stress, however the exact mechanism is not known.


How Do We Assess It?

Your Envision Optical optometrist will carefully examine your retina, and will usually detect a dome shaped accumulation of fluid within the retina. We will routinely photograph the area and confirm the diagnosis by performing a Cirrus OCT scan to confirm the swelling.



Your optometrist will refer you to a retinal specialist who will perform further testing to confirm the diagnosis and determine the exact point of leaking in the retina. Often CSR will improve spontaneously and no treatment is required. If no improvement occurs, then laser treatment may be done to seal the fluid leak. In 90% of cases, vision will return to close to its normal level. There may be some permanent visual blur.


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