Lattice degeneration is a thinning of the retina that happens over time.  Lattice degeneration affects 1 in 10 people, or about 10% of the population. Clear vision depends on a healthy retina, yet most people with this issue never experience any symptoms or visual loss.

Retinal detachment from lattice degeneration is extremely uncommon. Those who have lattice degeneration should have regular eye exams because this might lead to vision loss.

Lattice degeneration’s exact aetiology is unknown to medical professionals. Although it is not inherited from parents, those who have a history of the condition are more likely to get it. Additionally, myopia (nearsightedness) and specific diseases like Marfan syndrome and Stickler syndrome are more prevalent in those who have it.

There are no signs of lattice degeneration. However, due to the thinner retina caused by lattice degeneration, it is more likely to tear, rupture, or develop holes. Without treatment, this may result in retinal detachment, which can result in blindness.

New floaters, flashing lights, a shadow or grey curtain obstructing a portion of your vision, fuzzy vision, or changes in vision are signs of retinal tears and detachment.

Visit your ophthalmologist as soon as possible if you experience any of these signs. Your vision may be saved through treatment.

There are no signs of lattice degeneration. Your doctor most frequently discovers it while performing a routine eye check.

Your ophthalmologist will enlarge (dilate) your pupils while doing the examination. This improves the doctor’s ability to see the retina, which is located at the back of the eye.

Then, your doctor looks inside your eye using a slit lamp, a device with a bright light and a microscope.

Most lattice degeneration sufferers do not require treatment, and the ailment has no impact on their vision. However, to protect your vision, it is crucial to have a yearly eye exam with your ophthalmologist and be aware of the symptoms of retinal tears and detachment. Make a quick call to your ophthalmologist if you experience any symptoms.

Your ophthalmologist may use a laser or cryotherapy to treat you in some rare circumstances (freezing treatment). This strengthens the weakest part of the thinning retina. This hopefully keeps it from tearing or detaching.

Your ophthalmologist will use a laser or another type of surgery to seal the retina back into place if you do experience a retinal tear or detachment.

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