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Lattice Degeneration


Lattice degeneration

is a condition that causes your retina to degenerate (break down). The retina is the part of the eye that captures light and delivers messages to the brain. Lattice degeneration may increase your risk for a retinal tear, hole, or detachment. Retinal detachment means the retina is pulled out of position. This can lead to permanent loss of vision.

Signs and symptoms of lattice degeneration:

You may not have any signs or symptoms. A problem with your retina that needs immediate treatment can cause any of the following:

  • Sudden flashes or sparkles of light
  • Floaters (seeing objects floating by that are not real)
  • Sudden shadows across your vision

Seek care immediately if:

  • You have any sudden vision problems, such as floaters or flashes of light.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have new or worsening symptoms.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.


Lattice degeneration cannot be cured. If a vision problem develops, you will need to have the problem treated. For example, surgery is used to fix a retinal detachment. Other treatments may be used to repair problems such as a retinal hole or tear.

Follow up with your ophthalmologist as directed:

You will need to come in to have your eyes checked over time. Your ophthalmologist will tell you how often to have your eyes checked. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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