Lattice degeneration is a condition of the eye that comprises abnormal thinning of the peripheral retina. The retina is the tissue at the back of the eye which contains receptors to help with vision. Lattice degeneration is found in 10% of people however the prevalence is higher in patients who are near-sighted (up to 30%). The retinal tissue is usually weaker at the site of lattice degeneration and vulnerable to developing breaks, tears, or holes which could lead to retinal detachment.
Lattice degeneration is generally asymptomatic unless it leads to a retinal tear or detachment. These are very serious eye conditions that require attention from an ophthalmologist. The symptoms of these conditions are:
- Flashing lights
- Blurred vision
- Deficits in peripheral vision field
Since lattice degeneration doesn’t usually progress and rarely leads to retinal tears, treatment is generally not needed. Patients with lattice degeneration should still get regular monitoring with dilated fundus exams. In some circumstances, your eye doctor may recommend getting a preventative laser therapy to help strengthen the peripheral retina in the areas where it has become weak.
If a retinal tear or detachment occurs, you will need to speak with your eye doctor about treatment.
If you have lattice degeneration or any symptoms of an advanced stage of this eye condition, meet with an eye care provider at Boston Vision. We will help to remedy these symptoms for you and prevent any further damage. To schedule your appointment, book online with us or email us at email@example.com to get started.