The presence of lattice degeneration, which is abnormal thinning of the peripheral retina, increases the risk of retinal tears and detachment. For this reason, once diagnosed, lattice degeneration should be closely monitored.
What are the Symptoms of Lattice Degeneration?
Lattice degeneration itself does not cause symptoms. However, in rare cases, it can lead to a retinal tear or detachment. Retinal tears and retinal detachments are very serious conditions that require prompt attention from an ophthalmologist or retina specialist.
How is Lattice Degeneration Treated?
Lattice degeneration is minimally progressive, and the vast majority of patients with this condition never develop a retinal tear or detachment. Generally, no treatment is needed for lattice degeneration aside from regular monitoring with a dilated comprehensive eye exam.
In certain circumstances, we may perform preventive laser therapy or cryotherapy (a type of freezing treatment) to strengthen the peripheral retina in the areas where it is weak. Dr. Mohsenin can help you determine which treatment is best for you.