What is Central Serous Chorioretinopathy?
Central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC) is a condition in which fluid accumulates under the retina, causing a serious (fluid-filled) detachment and vision loss. Depending on the location and amount of subretinal fluid, CSC may be associated with blurry vision. If the affected area falls outside of the macula, central serous chorioretinopathy can show no symptoms.
What Causes CSC?
Although the causes of CSC are not fully understood, it may be induced by systemic exposure to corticosteroids. Corticosteroids are found in allergy nose sprays and anti-inflammatory skin creams available over the counter and are often prescribed to treat a variety of medical conditions. Other drugs such as stimulants, decongestants, erectile dysfunction medications, and some anti-cancer agents may trigger central serous chorioretinopathy.
Patients with high blood pressure or heart disease and those with a current or recent pregnancy have been shown to have a higher risk of developing CSC.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of CSC include:
- Blurred, dimmed, or distorted vision
- Straight lines may appear irregular, crooked, or bent in the affected eye
- Objects may appear further away or smaller than they are
- A dark area in your central vision
- When looking at white objects, they may appear to have a brownish hue or appear dull
How is Central Serous Chorioretinopathy treated?
CSC may resolve within a few weeks to months without treatment. If you have chronic CSC, there are several therapeutic options such as laser treatments and eye injections that may be effective in treating the fluid leakage in CSC.
Request an Appointment in San Jose or Gilroy, California
If you are experiencing blurry or distorted vision or any of the other symptoms associated with CSC, contact South Bay Retina today. Dr. Narain is an experienced ophthalmologist and retina specialist, and he can help you see clearly again. Schedule an appointment at one of our two locations in the South Bay: San Jose and Gilroy. Call (408) 294-3534 for our San Jose and Gilroy office. You can also schedule an appointment online.