Loss of vision due to central serous chorioretinopathy following psychological stress

Am J Psychiatry. 1987 Jan;144(1):46-50. doi: 10.1176/ajp.144.1.46.


The authors studied 33 patients with central serous chorioretinopathy and found that a very disturbing psychological event had preceded the loss of vision in 91% of the cases. The acute disturbance preceded the first visual symptoms by an average of 7 days. When relapses occurred, the psychological disturbances were often less severe and preceded the visual symptoms by minutes or hours. In some cases vision improved 1 to 2 weeks after the patient learned of the amelioration of the original distressing situation. The majority of the patients were found to be tension ridden, and 48% had cardiovascular abnormalities.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / complications
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Personality
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / complications
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / psychology
  • Recurrence
  • Retinal Detachment / complications
  • Retinal Detachment / etiology*
  • Retinal Detachment / psychology
  • Stress, Psychological / complications*
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology
  • Time Factors
  • Vision Disorders / etiology*
  • Vision Disorders / psychology