Photoreceptor disruption and vision loss associated with central serous retinopathy

Lynn W. Sun, Joseph Carroll, Brandon J. Lujan

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Purpose To present ophthalmic imaging findings in the case of a 40-year-old male with sustained visual loss after a single episode of acute central serous retinopathy (CSR). Observations A male subject presented with visual acuity decline to 20/50 OS and was diagnosed with acute CSR. The initial pigment epithelial detachment and subretinal fluid resolved within 6 weeks, but visual acuity remained impaired. Using directional optical coherence tomography (D-OCT) and confocal and split-detector adaptive optics scanning light ophthalmoscopy (AOSLO), we imaged pathologic alterations in the photoreceptor mosaic of the affected eye. A foveal region of intermittent missing cones, a temporal parafoveal region of confluent missing cones, and a nasal parafoveal region of misdirected cones were observed. Conclusions and Importance Pathologic alterations in photoreceptor microanatomy underlie residual visual acuity deficits in this case of acute CSR. Observations of missing cones correlated well across all imaging modalities in the fovea and the temporal parafoveal region of missing cones. However, in the nasal parafovea where cones were present but misdirected, D-OCT and AOSLO may be able to identify and image photoreceptors with greater fidelity as compared to non-directional SDOCT (spectral domain OCT). D-OCT may thus have a clinical role in rapidly assessing photoreceptor mosaic integrity in pathology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)74-77
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017


  • Adaptive optics scanning light ophthalmoscopy
  • Central serous retinopathy
  • D-OCT
  • Directional optical coherence tomography
  • Split-detector

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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