• Should I stop drinking coffee and alcohol with CSC?


    Question:

    I am 60 years old and I have distortion in my right eye, diagnosed as chronic central serous chorioretinopathy. The distortion has mostly stayed the same for the last six months, just moving somewhat towards my central vision. What lifestyle changes should I make with caffeine and alcohol?


    Answer:

    If you have persistent distortion for six months from central serous chorioretinopathy, it is important for you to work with your ophthalmologist for treatments to stop the leakage and promote reabsorption of the fluid causing the distortion.

    If you are taking corticosteroids (steroids) in any form, including nasal spray, ask your ophthalmologist if you should discontinue it. In addition, there is some evidence that central serous retinopathy can be associated with stress and more Type A personalities. If there are ways that you can reduce your stress, that should be encouraged. Unfortunately, there is little evidence that caffeine and/or alcohol intake play a role in this condition.


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