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Old March 27th, 2010, 11:35 PM   #1
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Central Serous Retinopathy

I recently started having trouble with my right eye. It was diagnosed as Central Serous Retinopathy. The eye doc said there is nothing they can do about it. I just have to wait to see if it gets any better. He also said it can take about six months. Anyone else ever have this problem. The outlook as far as getting full vision back is slim. I guess the best I can hope for is 20/30 in my right eye. Pretty bad considering my left eye sees better than 20/20.

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Old March 28th, 2010, 07:43 AM   #2
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I found an overview of the condition here -

Since CSR seems to involve a type of 'retinal detachment', you should ask your eye doc about whether you need to avoid things that cause quick head movement.

Hopefully the CSR will resolve on its own, and good vision will return - perhaps needing eyeglasses.

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Old March 28th, 2010, 11:58 AM   #3
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The doc said to avoid bright light and keep my stress level to a minimum. Wear sunglasses whenever possible. And avoid extreme physical exertion. Otherwise carry on as normal.

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Old April 19th, 2010, 06:05 PM   #4
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Jmg8550, see if your doc thinks Xibrom eye drops would be helpful. Good luck !

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Old June 10th, 2010, 11:03 AM   #5
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I had this about twelve years ago. It is an autoimmune disorder which involves an accumulation of fluid under the retina. It features visual distortions as you might expect. It usually resolves on its own in a few months. I was treated with Acular anti-inflammatory drops which helped quite a bit....

I understand that there is some danger of retinal detachment with this. Now I did have a partial detachment in my right eye last year which was I hasten to add unrelated to the CSR I'd had years before. Now that IS a problem requiring immediate treatment.

Just follow your eye doc's instructions and you should be fine.

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Old June 10th, 2010, 06:27 PM   #6
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It has resolved itself for the most part. No drugs or surgery. Just gotta remember to keep my stress levels low and no cortical steroids. Apparently they can injure the eyes if too much is in the body. They break down the tissue behind the retina causing fluid buildup.

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Old July 20th, 2010, 05:31 PM   #7
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Well my eye condition came back. Seems to present itself soon after an illness, lasts a couple months, then goes away. Hopefully it will again resolve. One benefit I can see from this condition is I am becoming left eye dominant. And since I shoot lefty I don't struggle near as bad. Yeah I know, should have learned to shoot righty, but I have tried and failed horribly. My lack of patience also contributes. Maybe I'll go to another eye doc and get a second opinion. Further updates as they become available.

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Old July 21st, 2010, 04:59 PM   #8
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Keep us updated. Get that second opinion also. I had a cornea transplant in December. Still have the 16 stitches, but some will be removed next month. Can't focus the eye yet. Instead of seeing doubles, I see fives. Doctor believes that will clear up as the stitches are removed. Hardest part of shooting with the other eye, for me, is holding the rifle. Off hand scores still suck, and I've been shooting with the other eye for almost four years.

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Old January 6th, 2011, 04:11 AM   #9
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Hope yours goes away again. I was diagnosed with this about 15 years ago - bad in left eye but no probs in my dominant right eye. It pretty much put an end to my competitive shotgun shooting because of the distortion when using both eyes, but hasn't affected rifle or pistol shooting.

Mine has not gotten any better or worse. Central vision in the bad eye is about gone but I still have peripheral vision. Later tests showed a couple spots in the good eye, but they aren't in the center and I can't really tell they're there.

I don't know if the two are related but I also had retinal detachment around the edge of both eyes at the same time the CSR was diagnosed. Doc said it was 'lattice' detachment that happens to older folks (mid-40s) when the edge of the retina gets thin ande brittle and then breaks when the head gets hit. The only 'hit' to the head I had was 30,000+ 12 ga. shells a year in trap and sporting clays. Doc said some Olympic shooters had suffered detachments like mine from so many rounds. Surgery fixed the detachments and I kept shooting, but the CSR ended my ability to run with the big boys.

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Old August 22nd, 2011, 08:56 PM   #10
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Do your doctors know you are shooting centerfire? I would think recoil would the worst possible thing you can do a screwed up eye ball.

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Old August 23rd, 2011, 06:36 AM   #11
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GET A SECOND OPINION! I had problems with my right eye two years ago that consisted of a black area and flashing spots. The eye doctor at Wal-Mart told me to come back in a month if it didn't go away. Fortunately, my wife is an RN and she booked my in with a retinal specialist who took one look at the eye and performed laser surgery twenty minutes later. Mine was a worsening detached retina and a successful repair even at that stage was doubtful. I am happy to say that even the Doc is amazed at how successful the surgery was and I have full use of the eye and continue to shoot competitively (Doc says no problem). Had I listened to the clown at the chain store, I would have completely lost vision in that eye. Good luck with it and don't delay!

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Old August 23rd, 2011, 08:03 AM   #12
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I'm not gonna be despondent yet. I've got two eyeballs full of crap. Already got a great surgical result with cataract removal and new IOL in the right (dominant and shooting side), left still to go. Doc hasn't done it yet cuz I can still see with it. I know I still have a retina in the right cuz I can follow my hand in the light all the way across the periphery. The medical issue, I believe, will turn out to be something different, like corrupted (old dried blood) vitreous. That specialist's turn comes next week. If the docs need to suck out all the old vitreous and replace with a saline substitute they have my authority to proceed aggressively. If they wanna laser the retinal attachments and zap the scar tissue left by macular degeneration they'll do that too. The visual medical arts, like the orthopedic, have come a long way. I've been lucky to have received superb treatment and referral from my opthalmic surgeon.

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Old August 23rd, 2011, 02:12 PM   #13
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Do your doctors know you are shooting centerfire? I would think recoil would the worst possible thing you can do a screwed up eye ball.
Yup, I told him right off the bat. It has gotten better over time. Hopefully it doesn't come back any time soon. It did hurt my overall vision. Objects appear smaller in my right eye.

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Old August 24th, 2011, 02:12 AM   #14
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I am also diagnosed with CSR on my right eye from my opthalmologist just a week ago.
He gave me eye vitamins and also told to keep my stress level under. And have me drink a lot of water and minimize my use of computer and tv and told me to get 7 hours of sleep..
Just wanted to ask you on how long did your normal vision came back? And was it the same vision you had when you did not have the CSR?
Please let me know sir.
Thank you in advance.

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Old August 24th, 2011, 05:06 AM   #15
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Willriskit, wow.

That sounds like retinal detachment.

Never go to WalMart for a medical opinion.

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