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I recently started having trouble with my right eye. It was diagnosed as Central Serous Retinopathy. The eye doc said there is nothing they can do about it. I just have to wait to see if it gets any better. He also said it can take about six months. Anyone else ever have this problem. The outlook as far as getting full vision back is slim. I guess the best I can hope for is 20/30 in my right eye. Pretty bad considering my left eye sees better than 20/20.
 

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Jmg8550, see if your doc thinks Xibrom eye drops would be helpful. Good luck !
 

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I had this about twelve years ago. It is an autoimmune disorder which involves an accumulation of fluid under the retina. It features visual distortions as you might expect. It usually resolves on its own in a few months. I was treated with Acular anti-inflammatory drops which helped quite a bit....

I understand that there is some danger of retinal detachment with this. Now I did have a partial detachment in my right eye last year which was I hasten to add unrelated to the CSR I'd had years before. Now that IS a problem requiring immediate treatment.

Just follow your eye doc's instructions and you should be fine.
 

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It has resolved itself for the most part. No drugs or surgery. Just gotta remember to keep my stress levels low and no cortical steroids. Apparently they can injure the eyes if too much is in the body. They break down the tissue behind the retina causing fluid buildup.
 

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Well my eye condition came back. Seems to present itself soon after an illness, lasts a couple months, then goes away. Hopefully it will again resolve. One benefit I can see from this condition is I am becoming left eye dominant. And since I shoot lefty I don't struggle near as bad. Yeah I know, should have learned to shoot righty, but I have tried and failed horribly. My lack of patience also contributes. Maybe I'll go to another eye doc and get a second opinion. Further updates as they become available.
 

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Keep us updated. Get that second opinion also. I had a cornea transplant in December. Still have the 16 stitches, but some will be removed next month. Can't focus the eye yet. Instead of seeing doubles, I see fives. Doctor believes that will clear up as the stitches are removed. Hardest part of shooting with the other eye, for me, is holding the rifle. Off hand scores still suck, and I've been shooting with the other eye for almost four years.
 

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Hope yours goes away again. I was diagnosed with this about 15 years ago - bad in left eye but no probs in my dominant right eye. It pretty much put an end to my competitive shotgun shooting because of the distortion when using both eyes, but hasn't affected rifle or pistol shooting.

Mine has not gotten any better or worse. Central vision in the bad eye is about gone but I still have peripheral vision. Later tests showed a couple spots in the good eye, but they aren't in the center and I can't really tell they're there.

I don't know if the two are related but I also had retinal detachment around the edge of both eyes at the same time the CSR was diagnosed. Doc said it was 'lattice' detachment that happens to older folks (mid-40s) when the edge of the retina gets thin ande brittle and then breaks when the head gets hit. The only 'hit' to the head I had was 30,000+ 12 ga. shells a year in trap and sporting clays. Doc said some Olympic shooters had suffered detachments like mine from so many rounds. Surgery fixed the detachments and I kept shooting, but the CSR ended my ability to run with the big boys.
 

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Do your doctors know you are shooting centerfire? I would think recoil would the worst possible thing you can do a screwed up eye ball.
 

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GET A SECOND OPINION! I had problems with my right eye two years ago that consisted of a black area and flashing spots. The eye doctor at Wal-Mart told me to come back in a month if it didn't go away. Fortunately, my wife is an RN and she booked my in with a retinal specialist who took one look at the eye and performed laser surgery twenty minutes later. Mine was a worsening detached retina and a successful repair even at that stage was doubtful. I am happy to say that even the Doc is amazed at how successful the surgery was and I have full use of the eye and continue to shoot competitively (Doc says no problem). Had I listened to the clown at the chain store, I would have completely lost vision in that eye. Good luck with it and don't delay!DISHOUTDISHOUT
 

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I'm not gonna be despondent yet. I've got two eyeballs full of crap. Already got a great surgical result with cataract removal and new IOL in the right (dominant and shooting side), left still to go. Doc hasn't done it yet cuz I can still see with it. I know I still have a retina in the right cuz I can follow my hand in the light all the way across the periphery. The medical issue, I believe, will turn out to be something different, like corrupted (old dried blood) vitreous. That specialist's turn comes next week. If the docs need to suck out all the old vitreous and replace with a saline substitute they have my authority to proceed aggressively. If they wanna laser the retinal attachments and zap the scar tissue left by macular degeneration they'll do that too. The visual medical arts, like the orthopedic, have come a long way. I've been lucky to have received superb treatment and referral from my opthalmic surgeon.
 

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Do your doctors know you are shooting centerfire? I would think recoil would the worst possible thing you can do a screwed up eye ball.
Yup, I told him right off the bat. It has gotten better over time. Hopefully it doesn't come back any time soon. It did hurt my overall vision. Objects appear smaller in my right eye.
 

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JMGlasgow,
I am also diagnosed with CSR on my right eye from my opthalmologist just a week ago.
He gave me eye vitamins and also told to keep my stress level under. And have me drink a lot of water and minimize my use of computer and tv and told me to get 7 hours of sleep..
Just wanted to ask you on how long did your normal vision came back? And was it the same vision you had when you did not have the CSR?
Please let me know sir.
Thank you in advance.

God bless.
 

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Maine,

Like most men, I tend to trivialize medical problems but that was foolish in the extreme. Thought I'd have to cut back on my shooting but the doc says it isn't a problem. The Marines I shoot with are all around my age or slightly younger and I'm lucky enough to be the only one who can still use iron sights on my Garands and M14's.DI5
 

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JMGlasgow,
I am also diagnosed with CSR on my right eye from my opthalmologist just a week ago.
He gave me eye vitamins and also told to keep my stress level under. And have me drink a lot of water and minimize my use of computer and tv and told me to get 7 hours of sleep..
Just wanted to ask you on how long did your normal vision came back? And was it the same vision you had when you did not have the CSR?
Please let me know sir.
Thank you in advance.

God bless.
It took about 6 months for my vision to return to "normal" meaning as best as it can be. Every time an episode happens vision will degrade somewhat. It is hard to predict how much worse it will be.
 

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It took about 6 months for my vision to return to "normal" meaning as best as it can be. Every time an episode happens vision will degrade somewhat. It is hard to predict how much worse it will be.
Thank you sir for your reply.
I also had a medication for my anxiety and i found out every time i took the medication since it is only prescribe as needed, somewhat helps with the blurry eye.
Hope to mellow my stress so CSR will heal faster.
Again thank you and hope we CSR victims will all be healed.

God bless
 

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I managed to make it through the most stressful years of my life (death of wife, change of long-term job, etc) without mine getting any worse. It hasn't gotten any better either. The central vision in my non-dominant eye is just about nil but the peripheral vision is still there - enough so that I don't feel 'one-eyed' like I do if I close that eye. It's been about 15 years since it hit me and I haven't noticed much change since then.
 

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I managed to make it through the most stressful years of my life (death of wife, change of long-term job, etc) without mine getting any worse. It hasn't gotten any better either. The central vision in my non-dominant eye is just about nil but the peripheral vision is still there - enough so that I don't feel 'one-eyed' like I do if I close that eye. It's been about 15 years since it hit me and I haven't noticed much change since then.
Hi sir,
Thank you for sharing your experience with CSR.
Now i see that everybody had different experience with CSR, i am positively thinking that l belong to the 90% to regain vision against this disease.
I think this is a case to case bases and depends on the body chemistry.

Keep Believin'
 
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