April 4th, 2002

cleanskies

it really is staggering

How much more I achieve when my office mate isn't in the office. And when I stop bloody procrastinating and get on with doing something. And when I stop getting distracted by websites about eye infections, of course. But how could I exist without knowing about lattice degeneration?

"Lattice degeneration presents as a linear trail of fibrosed vessels within atrophied retina in a "lattice" pattern. It nearly always runs circumferentially between the equator and the ora serrata. Lattice degeneration is typically bilateral. The etiology of lattice is questionable. It appears to be due to dropout of peripheral retinal capillaries with resulting ischemia, which induces thinning of all retinal layers. There is sclerosis of the larger vessels, with their lumen being filled with extracellular glial tissue, giving lattice degeneration its characteristic fibrotic appearance. The main concern with lattice degeneration is the chance of progression to rhegmatogenous retinal detachment. Lattice degeneration both with and without atrophic holes is generally benign and does not require prophylactic treatment, as the complications of treatment are more severe than the natural history of the untreated condition."

[for the icky bits I cut out, visit The Eyecare Trust]
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