Monday, April 23, 2012

Cataract Surgery & Retinoschisis

Question: I have a question about retinoschisis and cataract surgery. Can retinoschisis happen as a result of cataract surgery? Also what can be done for Retinoschisis?

Answer: Cataract surgery does not cause Retinoschisis. Retinoschisis is an eye disease characterized by a splitting of the layers of the Retina. This can happen in the periphery of the Retina or can happen in the Macula where the center of vision occurs. Cataract Surgery is not a cause of Retinoschisis  It may be genetic in cause or sometimes caused by traction or pulling on the Retina. Usually it is asymptomatic or perhaps has a visual field loss, however, by itself, Retinoschisis requires no treatment.

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