Learn the Symptoms and Causes of Central Serous Retinopathy

Aug 14, 2017 @ 01:51 PM — by Retina Associates, P.A.

Woman bikingJust as with any other part of the body, the eyes should be routinely cared for and monitored by an experienced doctor. At Retina Associates, our team of specialists deals specifically with retinal conditions that can impact the health and function of the eyes. By diagnosing and treating retinal conditions early on, we help our patients preserve clear eyesight. There are many conditions that can affect the eyes.

Here, we discuss central serous retinopathy. Central serous retinopathy can develop when fluid builds up behind the retina, which is the thin layer of sensitive nerves and tissues at the back of the eye. This fluid buildup can compromise vision and may even lead to partial detachment of the retina.

Our eye doctors discuss the most common central serous retinopathy symptoms and causes for our Kansas City, MO patients, and explore treatment options that may be useful in eliminating the condition.


Routine eye exams are essential to maintaining the health and function of the eyes. However, patients who have good eye health, and are not considered high-risk for common eye diseases, will typically undergo an eye exam once every two years. It is possible for eye conditions, such as central serous retinopathy, to develop in-between these routine exams. To ensure that eye conditions are diagnosed and treated within an appropriate timeframe, patients should recognize the symptoms of eye problems.

Below are the most common symptoms of central serous retinopathy:

  • Blurry vision in one or both eyes
  • Darkness in the central line of vision
  • Warped vision (i.e. straight lines or objects may appear crooked)
  • Altered depth perception (objects may seem further away than they actually are)
  • White objects may appear to have a gray or brown tint

If a patient experiences any of these symptoms, they should schedule an eye exam as soon as possible to have the eyes tested for central serous retinopathy.


It is not exactly clear what causes central serous retinopathy. However, increased stress, which can lead to higher levels of cortisol, seems to be a risk factor. This condition is also more likely to develop in men than women. And unlike many other eye conditions, which are largely affected by advanced age, this condition tends to develop earlier on. The group most likely to develop central serous retinopathy is men in their 30s, 40s, and 50s.


In some cases, central serous retinopathy will clear up on its own. However, if fluids do not clear up within a few months, treatment will be necessary. Some treatment options include medication, laser treatment, and the use of certain steroids. Our doctors will carefully consider each situation to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for each of our patients.

Those who suffer from central serous retinopathy may also want to consider practices that will reduce stress, such as yoga, meditation, and deep breathing. Patients should also reduce the use of caffeine and alcohol, and take steps to ensure they get at least eight hours of sleep each night. All of these actions may decrease the risk of central serous retinopathy.

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If you are concerned about the health of your eyes, or have questions about central serous retinopathy, we encourage you to contact us at your earliest convenience.

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