Other Names for this Disease
- Multiple small, cream-colored lesions, symmetrically scattered mainly around the optic disk
- Birdshot chorioretinitis
- Birdshot retinochoroiditis
- Birdshot retinochoroidopathy
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retina. These spots are scattered in a "birdshot" pattern. The effects of this condition on vision are quite variable; some individuals' vision is only mildly affected, whereas others experience a significant decline in vision, the appearance of floaters (small specks that appear in one's line of sight), night blindness, and other vision problems. Symptoms typically begin around middle age; Caucasians are affected more than individuals of other ethnicities. The cause of birdshot chorioretinopathy is currently unknown, but it is suspected to be an autoimmune disease. Treatment may include medications that aim to regulate the body's immune response.Birdshot chorioretinopathy is an eye condition in which painless, light-colored spots develop on the
Last updated: 3/21/2013
- Samson CM. Birdshot Retinopathy. Medscape Reference. November 2011; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1223257-overview. Accessed 3/21/2012.
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