Typically affecting nearsighted patients 25 years and older
Lattice degeneration is a peripheral retina condition in which the retinal tissue is thinned, atrophied and the blood vessels are fibrosed in a "lattice-like" appearance. Lattice lesions, usually localized, appear as round/oval or linear patches in the far peripheral retina.
The typical patient with lattice degeneration is over 25 years of age and may be nearsighted.
It is present in about 8 percent of the general population and occurs in about 40 percent of eyes with retinal detachment.
The patient is nearly always asymptomatic, except for possible complaints of flashing lights.
There is no conventional solution. Lasers or cryoretinopexy are sometimes used prophylactically to help prevent retinal detachments.