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Retinoschisis

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Synonyms of Retinoschisis

  • Congenital Retinal Cyst
  • Congenital Vascular Veils in the Retina
  • Giant Cyst of the Retina
  • Vitreoretinal Dystrophy

Disorder Subdivisions

  • Blessig Cysts
  • Congenital Retinoschisis
  • Familial Foveal Retinoschisis
  • Iwanoff Cysts
  • Peripheral Cystoid Degeneration of the Retina
  • Retinoschisis, Juvenile
  • Retinoschisis, Senile
  • Retinoschisis, Typical

General Discussion

Retinoschisis means splitting of the eye's retina into two layers. There are two forms of this disorder. The most common is an acquired form that affects both men and women. It usually occurs in middle age or beyond, although it can occur earlier, and it is sometimes known as senile retinoschisis. The other form is present at birth (congenital) and affects mostly boys and young men. It is known as juvenile, X-linked retinoschisis.

The disorder is characterized by a slow, progressive loss of parts of the field of vision corresponding to the areas of the retina that have become split. Either form may be associated with the development of saclike blisters (cysts) in the retina.

Organizations related to Retinoschisis

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