Often associated with stress or increased levels of cortisol, central serous chorioretiopathy (CSCR) is a condition that in most cases resolve on its own.

This condition, called central serous retinopathy (CSR) or central serous chorioretinopathy (CSCR)  involves the accumulation of serous fluid under the central area of the retina, called the macula. The fluid build up causes symptoms of wavy lines or greyed or blurred central vision. This condition is usually self resolving and can return to normal or near normal levels over 2 to 4 months. In cases where the fluid does not resolve on its own, there are several treatment options, which your retina specialist will discuss with you.

It is important to differentiate CSCR from other conditions that cause lead to more serious permanent vision loss.  Choroidal neovascularization, which is the development of abnormal vessels at risk for bleeding or also causing serous fluid build up requires prompt diagnosis and treatment. Diagnostic tests are performed to confirm that the fluid build up is not due to other conditions that can mimic CSCR to help management decisions.

Retinal angiogram for diagnosis and evaluation