Lattice degeneration is a condition affecting the retina in the back of your eye. It isn’t often a serious problem, but you might develop complications, so it’s best to visit the highly qualified ophthalmologists at Connecticut Retina Consultants for an accurate diagnosis. The team has considerable experience in helping patients who have lattice degeneration at their offices in New Haven, Hamden, Madison, Trumbull, and Fairfield, Connecticut. Call Connecticut Retina Consultants today to find out more or arrange a consultation.
Lattice degeneration, which is also known simply as “lattice,” is a condition where the peripheral retina starts to deteriorate or get thinner.
The condition gets its name from the way it looks, which is much like the criss-cross pattern on a fruit pie crust.
Lattice degeneration is a widespread condition that affects around 8% of the US population. About 50% of the time, If you have lattice degeneration in one eye, it’s in the other eye as well.
The majority of people who have lattice degeneration don’t experience any loss of sight or only a gradual deterioration. As long as you receive treatment at Connecticut Retina Consultants for any complications, lattice degeneration needn’t cost you your eyesight.
Lattice degeneration that’s uncomplicated and doesn’t interfere with your ability to see isn’t something that you need to worry about. The problem with lattice degeneration is that it can be a risk factor for developing a retinal detachment in the future.
Retinal detachment is a more severe problem that can cause sight impairment and lead to sight loss if not treated promptly. Around 30% of cases of retinal detachment develop from lattice degeneration, because the condition weakens the retina and makes it more likely to separate from the back of the eye.
If you have lattice degeneration, your ophthalmologist at Connecticut Retina Consultants checks for any signs of retinal detachment or tearing of the retina. If there’s no sign of any problems, they might recommend routine observation to monitor your eyes for any changes.
If you have lattice degeneration and are at a high risk of developing retinal detachment in the future, your ophthalmologist might recommend prophylactic laser treatment to prevent the retina from detaching.
Laser photocoagulation is the primary treatment for lattice degeneration that’s putting your eye or eyes at risk of developing retinal tears or detachment. It’s also possible to use procedures such as cryotherapy or scleral buckling to address lattice degeneration in some patients.
If you’d like to learn more about conditions like lattice degeneration or want to schedule a consultation, call Connecticut Retina Consultants today.