Selective Retina Therapy in Patients With Chronic Central Serous Chorioretinopathy: A Pilot Study

Medicine (Baltimore). 2016 Jan;95(3):e2524. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000002524.


We evaluated visual outcomes, changes of maximum macular thickness (MMT) and subretinal fluid (SRF), and safety in patients with chronic central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC) after treatment with selective retina therapy (SRT). Retrospective cohort study of patients with chronic CSC presenting to a university-based hospital from January 2014 through January 2015 was conducted. A total of 12 eyes of 12 patients with chronic CSC lasting for at least 3 months was recruited. The follow-up period ranged from 3 to 12 months. Following evaluation of test spots at temporal arcades, SRT (Q-switched neodymium-doped yttrium lithium fluoride [Nd:YLF] laser; wavelength, 527 nm, pulse duration, 1.7 microsececond) was applied to the surrounding areas of leakage observed on fluorescein angiogram and/or pigment epithelial detachment (PED). Changes in best-correct visual acuity (BCVA), MMT, and SRF and macular sensitivity (MS) by microperimetry (MP) were evaluated. Eyes received treatment in a mean of 3.83 spots at the pulse energy of 65 to 90 μJ. Mean BCVA (logMAR) improved from 0.23 ± 0.12 at baseline to 0.14 ± 0.13 at 3 months. MMT decreased from 341.4 ± 85.5 μm at baseline to 236.0 ± 57.9 μm at 3 months. SRF completely resolved in 75% (9 eyes) at 3 months. Large PEDs (2 eyes) were flattened at 3 months. Retreatment was performed in 4 eyes. MP showed no evidence of scotoma around SRT-treated lesions. SRT treatment targeting the surrounding area of leakage point showed favorable visual and structural outcomes in chronic CSC patients without the risk of scotoma.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Central Serous Chorioretinopathy / pathology
  • Central Serous Chorioretinopathy / surgery*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Laser Therapy / methods*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pilot Projects
  • Retina / pathology
  • Retina / surgery
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Visual Acuity