When You See Wavy Lines…

If you suddenly notice wavy lines in your vision, it could be fluid leaking in your retina.   In central serous retinopathy,  blood vessels underneath the retina leak and build up, causing distorted vision.   The retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) is responsible for preventing fluid from leaking from the choroid under the retina.   When the RPE becomes defective, fluid can can also builds up and accumulates under the RPE.  Think about liquid in a blister collecting under the skin.  This results in a small detachment forms under the retina, causing vision to become distorted.

This patient was sent to the retinal specialist for evaluation.   Sometimes laser treatment can help central serous retinopathy, but often, it will resolve on its own.

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