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Doctor insights on: Lattice Degeneration Treatment

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Does symptomatic (floaters) lattice degeneration require prophylactic laser treatment? Does it minimise the risk of potential future tractional tears?

Does symptomatic (floaters) lattice degeneration require prophylactic laser treatment? Does it minimise the risk of potential future tractional tears?

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. ...Read more

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When will lattice degeneration progress to retinal detachment? What are the treatment options?

When will lattice degeneration progress to retinal detachment? What are the treatment options?

Perhaps never: Lattice degeneration lesions are considered by some to have increased risk of retinal tear and detachment. However, it is not clearly established that such an association exists. Many practitioners treat lattice degeneration only if the fellow eye has had a retinal tear or detachment.
There is no 'intrinsic expectation' that an eye with lattice would have a retinal detachment. ...Read more

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Scheduled laser treatment on retinal holes from lattice degeneration tomorrow. How soon after can I wear my contact lenses again?

Scheduled laser treatment on retinal holes from lattice degeneration tomorrow. How soon after can I wear my contact lenses again?

No limit on contact: Lens wear. The laser is on the back of your eye. Contact lenses are placed on the surface of the eye. You should be able to put the contacts in right after the laser treatment . ...Read more

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What percentage of lattice degeneration patients still go on to develop a retinal detachment even after prophylactic treatment with barrage laser?

What percentage of lattice degeneration patients still go on to develop a retinal detachment even after prophylactic treatment with barrage laser?

Very small %: The true incidence of lattice is not known because it is mostly silent and so most do not get detected. Laser demarcation is effective in limiting the chance of detachment but it can occur. Your retinal surgeon can tell you how effective his treatment has been. ...Read more

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Have lattice degeneration with a retinal hole . No treatment required. Can I do abdominal exercises, situps, the plank, pressups, legraises and squats?

Have lattice degeneration with a retinal hole . No treatment required. Can I do abdominal exercises, situps, the plank, pressups, legraises and squats?

Lattice: That is absolutely fine! if you start to see lots of floating objects, flashing lights, or a dark curtain in your vision, then please call your local ophthalmologist right away! ...Read more

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How lattice degeneration should be managed?

How lattice degeneration should be managed?

Needs eval by eye MD: Lattice degeneration is a degenerative lesion in the periphery of the retina. It is a relatively common problem but in a few people, can lead to retinal holes and tears and retinal detachment.

You should be examined carefully by an ophthalmologist (eye MD) and find out if any treatment is needed.
This link has good information:

http://eyewiki.aao.org/Lattice_Degeneration

Good luck ...Read more

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Could you go blind from lattice degeneration?

Could you go blind from lattice degeneration?

It is rare: Lattice degeneration is a condition where the peripheral retina is degenerated or "weak" in certain areas. It can predispose to retina breaks in a small percentage of patients. These breaks can progress into a true retinal detachment and if severe enough, could cause loss of vision. You need regular ophthalmic exams if you have lattice. Either by a general ophthalmologist or retina specialist. ...Read more

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Coulld you go blind from lattice degeneration?

Yes, but not likely: Lattice degeneration is a thinning of the retina that can lead to a retinal tear or retinal detachment. Both are very serious conditions. It is strongly advised that you see a retina specialist. Lattice can be treated in the office and dramatically reduce your risk of a serious problem. ...Read more

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Can lasik cause lattice degeneration?

Can lasik cause lattice degeneration?

No: LASIK treats the outside of the eye. Lattice degneration is in the peripheral portion of the retina and is totally unrelated. It comes from retinal stretching during development and growth - not from LASIK. ...Read more

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Is retina thinning and lattice degeneration the same thing?

Not quite: Lattice is the response in the peripheral retina to thinning and stress. There are other causes of retinal thinning and most retinal thinning does not lead to lattice. So they are not the same thing. ...Read more

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Is retina thinning and lattice degeneration one and the same?

Is retina thinning and lattice degeneration one and the same?

They are the same: Lattice degeneration is a thinning of the peripheral retina from the vitreous gel "pulling" on the retina with a distinctive whitening of the retinal blood vessels. This forms an oval or round patch of "lattice" white blood vessels and a 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. ...Read more

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What are the differences between thinning of the retina & lattice degeneration?

They are the same: Lattice degeneration is a thinning of the peripheral retina from the vitreous gel "pulling" on the retina with a distinctive whitening of the retinal blood vessels. This forms an oval or round patch of "lattice" white blood vessels and a 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. ...Read more

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How common are development of new areas of lattice over existing lattice degeneration of retina at a middle age?

Lattice degeneration: Is a process where an area of retina where either abnormal vitreous traction is placed on the retina or there is an area of missing 'internal limiting membrane'. Confluent areas may join in some people as you asked and lattice is associated with up to 40% of retinal detachments (rd). Atrophic retinal holes may complicate areas of lattice thus increasing risk of rd. ...Read more

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I suffer from lattice degeneration with a small retinal hole. Had a car accident 2 months ago car hit me from behind. Can this now cause retinal detac?

Need observation: Lattice degeneration and blows to the head both increase your risk of retinal tears and detachment. If you have no symptoms, like new floaters or flashes, then it is unlikely that there is anything going on. However a prudent person would have a dilated retinal examination by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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I have Lattice degeneration with small holes in it Will wearing contact lens make it worse? I am driving all day, will vibrations affect my condition?

I have Lattice degeneration with small holes in it
Will wearing contact lens make it worse?
I am driving all day, will vibrations affect my condition?

No: Wearing contact lenses does not affect lattice degeneration in any way. You need to see you eye MD to determine whether the holes are of any concern. ...Read more

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What is lattice degeneration of the eye?

What is lattice degeneration of the eye?

Retina thinning: There are two types. Lattice dystrophy of the cornea is an uncommon cause of cornea clouding. Lattice degeneration of the retina are areas of thinning in the peripheral retina. Usually they don't cause any problems. They can however be thin enough to tear and cause a retinal detachment. If you have new floaters or flashes of light in your peripheral vision, see an ophthalmologist right away. ...Read more

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Is lattice degeneration a serious condition?

Is lattice degeneration a serious condition?

Need for follow-up: Lattice degeneration of retina may not be serious by itself but make the retina prone to tears and detachment. You should get your eyes checked regularly and if you notice any sudden change in vision, floaters etc see your eye doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Please answer! could you go blind from lattice degeneration?

Please answer! could you go blind from lattice degeneration?

Lattice degeneration: Is an area of the retina which deteriorates, causing focal small holes and sclerotic blood vessels, as well as thinning of the retina in that area. Lattice degeneration by itself will not cause blindness, but patients with this can develop a retinal hole or tear. This can lead to a detached retina, which could cause significant vision loss. If you have lattice, see your eye doctor yearly. ...Read more

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Lattice degeneration with retinal hole. What to activities to avoidp?

Boxing: Avoid anything that would cause a direct blow to the eye. Other than that, there are no limitations. ...Read more

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Is it possible to do anything to prevent my lattice degeneration from getting worse?

No: Lattice degeneration does not typically worsen or even cause problems. Don't worry about it. ...Read more

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Doctors say that lattice degeneration develops at an age of 12 or so, only now I am having the symptoms. True? Does that mean it won't progress later?

Doctors say that lattice degeneration develops at an age of 12 or so, only now I am having the symptoms. True? Does that mean it won't progress later?

early warning: Lattice is a protective reaction gluing the retina down when it is stretched in eye development. It is an area of weakness and the site of retinal detachments commonly in traumatized eyes. Most with lattice never get into trouble, and it usually causes no symptoms. But is worth an occasional look by your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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What is lattice degeneration and what is scar tissue?

What is lattice degeneration and what is scar tissue?

Retinal changes: Lattice is the response of the peripheral retina to strain threatening to tear the retina. It lays down pigment to hold the retina in place. Scar is the response to actual physical damage and is the deposition of reparative tissue to elimnate the effects of the damage. Both are considered weak points over a lifetime increasing the susceptibility for retinal detachment. ...Read more

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How lattice degeneration affect the outcome of the lasik surgery?

No effect: If you have lattice you can still get LASIK. The result is unrelated to the lattice and the LASIK will make no changes in the lattice. The outcome is entirely due to the measurements of the eye and the skill of the surgeon. ...Read more

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What are the differences between lattice degeneration and snail-track degeneration?

Probably None: Lattice degeneration (ld) of the retina is a peripheral thinning that may develop holes within the thinning or along the edge of the ld. The vitreous forms a lacuna over the lattice attached along its edge. The "edge" holes are high risk due to poss vitreous traction and treated with laser. Ld usually looks like a lattice fence, hence the name. Snail track looks whiter but otherwise the same. ...Read more

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What causes impaired circulation which in turn cause thinning of the retina(lattice degeneration) ?

Lattice Degeneration: Is not likely caused by impaired circulation. The cause is not known. It occurs frequently in very near-sighted people and may be a risk factor for retinal detachment. ...Read more