A 30-year-old male asked:
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does symptomatic (floaters) lattice degeneration require prophylactic laser treatment? does it minimise the risk of potential future tractional tears?

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Dr. Bruce Saran
32 years experience Ophthalmology
Depends: Lattice degeneration is thinning of peripheral retina from vitreous "pulling" on retina with whitening of blood vessels- forms a patch of "lattice" white blood vessels and thinned retina. Lattice can be associated with round retinal holes from the thinning and retinal tears at the edge-this can result in retinal detachment. Laser is used to treat symptomatic tears or risk of retinal detachment.
Answered on Mar 27, 2017
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