Lattice degeneration is a thinning of the peripheral retina. It is often hereditary, occurs more commonly in people who are nearsighted, and frequently affects both eyes.
There are typically no symptoms associated with lattice degeneration, and it is often noted on a routine dilated exam. Symptoms occur due to complications from lattice degeneration such as retinal holes, tears, and detachments. These symptoms include:
- The sudden onset of new floaters
- Frequent light flashes
- Loss of peripheral vision, like a curtain or veil covering a part of the visual field
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should see your eye doctor immediately for an exam.
In most cases, treatment is not necessary for lattice degeneration. Instead, your doctor will monitor it for any changes. If a retinal tear or hole occurs, laser treatment may be necessary to prevent further complications.
To learn more about lattice degeneration, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our eye doctors, please do not hesitate to contact our practice online or by phone at (610) 696-1230.