Central Serous Chorioretinopathy (CSCR)

What causes central serous chorioretinopathy

Central serous chorioretinopathy (CSCR) is an eye disorder directly associated with stress. It mostly affects people who have a hyperactive personality, or who are very competitive or exposed to prolonged stress. Particularly introverted individuals with personality disorders and the tendency to isolate themselves from social relationships also appear to be susceptible to CSCR.

What causes central serous chorioretinopathy? Emotional and physical stress and high levels of blood cortisol.

People most affected by CSCR are males between the ages of 25 and 55 years. In women, it is usually the result of cortisol-based therapies or conditions that increase blood cortisol.

Generally speaking, Central serous chorioretinopathy is not serious; however, it can cause great concern for those who suffer from it. It is characterized by the presence of concentrated areas of inflammation on the surface of the retina.

Central serous chorioretinopathy symptoms: fluid collects below the central portion of the retina (macula) in the absence of associated chorioretinal diseases. The symptoms involve blurred vision, presence of central dots and distorted images.

CSCR typically disappears spontaneously in two to four months with complete recovery of sight. It can however relapse and become chronic.

Be sure to ask your ophthalmologist for advice.