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Lattice Degeneration

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jan 5, 2023.

What is 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.

What are the 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

How is lattice degeneration diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider may find lattice degeneration during a routine eye exam. Tell your provider if you have had any vision changes or problems. Your provider will put drops in your eyes to dilate (widen) your pupils. This will help your provider see into your eyes more easily.

Will I need to have treatment?

Lattice degeneration cannot be cured. You will need to come in to have your eyes checked over time. Your healthcare provider will tell you how often to have your eyes checked. 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.

Treatment options

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

When should I seek immediate care?

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

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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

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