Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Central Serous Retinopathy - An Update

Back in June I posted about my challenge with central serous retinopathy.

At the time the vision in my left eye was severely affected, to look at horizontal blinds for instance was to see "ocean waves". Pretty trippy. Plus, it also affected my close-up (reading) vision to the point that I bought a pair of reading glasses. Distance vision suffered as well, about 20/300 or worse.

My follow-up testing 3 months later revealed what is called a watermark on my retina. This is the common result of the water blister and my eye doc advised to expect permanent vision loss.

As of today, 95% of the "waves" are gone, and my visual acuity is very close to normal. 20/40 distance vision. Close up reading still has a fuzzy spot in the center, but I no longer need the reading glasses.

The bottom line is that I have effectively cheated the odds and regained the majority of my vision back. It is not supposed to happen with CSR.

Now the question is: how? The answer: I cannot tell you for sure.

BUT - there are some supplements in my daily regimen that certainly affect the eye and retina. Here is my opinion of which ones are the most likely to be effective:


The longer I use potent antioxidants, the more convinced I become of their wide-ranging beneficial effects.

Less likely but, possible-

Because the 'racetam's mechanism of action still remains a mystery, I don't discount their contribution.

So little is known about Central Serous Retinopathy and there is no known treatment, therefore I believe it is both wise and prudent to explore an anti-oxidant therapy.