What is the prognosis of exudative retinal detachment?

Updated: Jul 27, 2020
  • Author: Lihteh Wu, MD; Chief Editor: Inci Irak Dersu, MD, MPH  more...
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Prognosis depends on the underlying condition.

In a series of 43 patients with Coats disease, 75% of treated patients had an improvement or stabilization of vision from baseline. Only 30% of untreated patients had a stable visual acuity. [16]

The long-term prognosis in optic pits is probably poor because of secondary cystoid macular changes. [17]

Idiopathic central serous chorioretinopathy is not as benign as previously thought. As many as 15% of patients may end up with a visual acuity of 20/200 or worse. [18]

Exudative retinal detachments secondary to preeclampsia or eclampsia usually resolve without sequelae.

In eyes with ocular inflammation, the severity of intraocular inflammation is a predictive factor in the development of an exudative retinal detachment. [2]

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