What is central serous retinopathy (CSR)?

Central serous retinopathy (CSR), which is also called central serous chorioretinopathy, affects the central area of your retina or macula. CSR can cause your vision to be blurry and distorted due to fluid collecting underneath your macula and usually occurs in one eye. 

In most cases, CSR is idiopathic which means no cause can be found to explain why it occurred. It can affect both men and women; however, it tends to occur more in men. The condition also seems to occur more frequently in people:

  • with a Type A personality (people who are stressed and find it hard to relax)
  • who use steroid medication
  • who are pregnant
  • with Cushing syndrome

Treatment isn’t usually needed for CSR. Most people will find that their vision will improve within 3 to 6 months without the need for treatment. If treatment is required then thermal laser or photodynamic therapy (PDT) may be used.


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