Central Serous Chorioretinopathy

As the premier retina specialists in the Northwest, Pacific Northwest Retina provides medical and surgical treatments of the retina, macula and vitreous, including issues surrounding Central Serous Chorioretinopathy, or CSC.

What is Central Serous Chorioretinopathy?

Central Serous Chorioretinopathy, commonly referred to as CSC, is a condition in which fluid accumulates under the retina, causing a serious (fluid-filled) detachment and vision loss.

CSC most often occurs in young and middle-aged adults. For unknown reasons, men develop this condition more commonly than women. Vision loss is usually temporary but sometimes can become chronic or recur.

What are the Symptoms of CSC?

Blurry central vision, which often occurs in one eye, is the most common symptom that patients experience; however, careful examination often reveals some involvement in the other eye as well.

Depending on the location and amount of sub-retinal fluid, CSC can show no symptoms, especially if the affected areas fall outside of the macula—the part of the retina used to distinguish fine detail for activities like reading and recognizing faces.

How is CSC Treated?

Most cases of CSC clear up without treatment in 1 or 2 months. Patients with more severe leakage, visual loss or longer persistence of conditions may be helped by laser treatment to seal the leak.

Patients who are using steroid drugs should discontinue their use if medically feasible.  A small number of patients will have complications of laser treatment (laser photocoagulation or hot laser) which impair central vision, which is why most patients will be allowed to recover without treatment.

Cold laser is said to be a lower risk alternative to hot laser, and photodynamic therapy has also shown some promise.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about Central Serous Chorioretinopathy and to schedule a visit with one of our retina specialists, call us toll-free at 800.331.3719 or 206.215.3850. We have locations in Seattle, Bellevue, Bellingham, Burlington, Mountlake Terrace, Kent, and Ellensburg.