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What Is Cystoid Macular Edema? By Retina Associates, P.A. on October 13, 2015

A clouded retina, indicating cystoid macular edemaAt Retina Associates, we provide diagnosis of and treatment for the full range of retinal conditions, including cystoid macular edema. At our Kansas City practice, our retinal experts use the latest, most advanced technology and techniques to treat cystoid macular edema, including surgery when it is necessary.

If you or someone you love is suffering any of the symptoms of cystoid macular edema, we urge you to schedule an appointment at Retina Associates today.

What is cystoid macular edema?

Cystoid macula edema is a condition that affects the macula, or the center of the retina. The macula is largely responsible for the sharpness of our central vision. Edema refers to any condition in which a part of the body becomes filled with fluid, while “cystoid” means “resembling a cyst.” Therefore, cystoid macular edema is a condition in which fluid accumulates in cyst-like patterns in the macula.

What are the symptoms of cystoid macular edema?

In many cases, cystoid macular edema produces no noticeable symptoms. Generally, the condition is painless, and it usually resolves on its own within a few months. When the condition does produce symptoms, they can include:

  • Blurred central vision
  • Loss of contrast sensitivity
  • Decreased color perception

If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to seek treatment right away. They can be symptoms of cystoid macula edema, or they may be symptoms of another, more serious condition.

What causes the condition?

There are several potential causes that can contribute to the development of cystoid macular edema. These include:

  • Diabetes
  • Age-related macular degeneration, another disorder that affects the macula and central vision
  • Inflammation of the eye
  • Eye trauma
  • Cataract surgery
  • Surgery to repair a detached retina
  • Retinal vein occlusion
  • Uveitis

Of these causes, the most common is cataract surgery. Approximately 1 to 3 percent of all patients who undergo cataract surgery will experience a decrease in their central vision in at least one eye due to cystoid macular edema, usually within weeks of their surgery. However, in the vast majority of cases, the condition is temporary and readily treated through drug therapy.

How is the condition diagnosed?

There are several possible ways to diagnose cystoid macular edema, including a conventional dilated retinal exam and fluorescein angiography. However, at Retina Associates, we usually use optical coherence tomography (OCT), a non-invasive method of creating a high-resolution cross-sectional image of the retina that allows for the precise diagnosis of the condition.

How is cystoid macular edema treated?

If the condition is producing symptoms over time, it is almost certainly a chronic condition that should not be trusted to resolve on its own. The most appropriate treatment depends on the underlying cause. Drug therapy is usually prescribed, whether in the form of corticosteroids or another type of medication. Laser therapy may also be useful. In rare instances, a surgical procedure such as vitrectomy may be necessary.

Learn More about Cystoid Macular Edema

To learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of cystoid macular edema, please contact Retina Associates today.

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Retina Associates, LLC is an advanced medical practice devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of retinal, macular, and vitreous diseases. Together, our eye care physicians belong to various prestigious organizations: 

  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Society of Retina Specialists

Our mission is to help every patient preserve or restore their sight through our advanced treatment options. To discuss your needs with one of our doctors, request an appointment online or call us at (913) 831-7400.

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