Central Serous Chorioretinopathy

Central serous chorioretinopathy, commonly referred to as CSR or CSCR, is a condition where fluid accumulates under the retina, causing loss of vision.  CSR most commonly occurs in young and middle-aged adults.  Men develop this condition more commonly than women.  Vision loss is usually temporary, but can sometimes become chronic or recur.



Central serous chorioretinopathy presents with blurry central vision.  The cause of CSR is not fully understood, but it is thought that increase in stress or taking corticosteroids can cause or worsen CSR.  This can include corticosteroids as oral steroid, allergy nose sprays, and many anti-inflammatory skin creams.

Although many patients will not need treatment, photodynamic therapy (PDT) has been found to be the most effective therapy.  Retina Consultants of Austin is one of the few retina practices that can provide PDT therapy. Thermal laser has also been reported to help but it  can leave a permanent scar and should not be performed if the leakage area is in the central vision.