Most cases clear up without treatment in 1 or 2 months. Patients with more severe leakage and more severe visual loss, or those in whom the disease lasts longer, may be helped by laser treatment to seal the leak.
Patients who are using steroid drugs (for example, to treat autoimmune diseases) should discontinue their use if possible. Any change in steroid drug use in these conditions must be under the supervision of a physician.
Most patients recover good vision without treatment. The disease returns in about half of all patients, and has a similarly good outlook. Rarely, patients develop permanent scars that damage their central vision.
A small number of patients will have complications of laser treatment that impair central vision. That is why most patients will be allowed to recover without treatment.
Calling Your Health Care Provider
Call your health care provider if visual symptoms worsen.
Review Date : 8/22/2008
Reviewed By : Paul B. Griggs, MD, Department of Ophthalmology, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.