lattice degeneration

This is a thinning of the peripheral retina commonly found during a dilated eye exam. People with thinning retinas are at slightly higher risk for developing a retinal detachment in their lifetime. This localized area of atrophy is predisposed to forming holes or tears (especially after a vitreous detachment) that can extend into the rest of the eye. Lattice degeneration is very common with about 5% of the population demonstrating this finding, especially in people with large amounts of nearsightedness.

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Dr. Timothy Root is a practicing ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon in Daytona Beach, Florida. His books, video lectures, and training resources can be found at:

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