LATTICE DEGENERATION

Typically affecting nearsighted patients 25 years and older




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Condition

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.

Risk factors

The typical patient with lattice degeneration is over 25 years of age and may be nearsighted.

Prevalence

It is present in about 8 percent of the general population and occurs in about 40 percent of eyes with retinal detachment.

Symptoms

The patient is nearly always asymptomatic, except for possible complaints of flashing lights.

Treatment

There is no conventional solution. Lasers or cryoretinopexy are sometimes used prophylactically to help prevent retinal detachments.