Prevent visual decline with central serous chorioretinopathy treatment in Brisbane

Discover how these personalised treatments aim to preserve your vision


Leading the way in expert eyecare

The OKKO Eye Specialist Centre team is highly experienced in the diagnosis, treatment and management of a comprehensive range of eye conditions, including cataracts, glaucoma and macular diseases

Take the first step to get more clarity from your vision and confidence in your life

Book a consultation, and one of our Brisbane eye experts will guide you towards the very best treatment for your eyes so you can get the results you’re looking for

Book a consultation

Useful information about central serous chorioretinopathy (CSCR)

Central serous chorioretinopathy incidence/prevalence

Central serous chorioretinopathy, commonly referred to as CSCR, is a condition in which fluid accumulates under the retina that can result in vision loss.

CSCR most often occurs in young and middle-aged adults. For unknown reasons, men develop this condition more commonly than women. Vision loss is usually temporary but sometimes can become chronic or recur.

Central serous chorioretinopathy causes

The causes of CSCR are not fully understood, however, medical professionals believe that systemic exposure to corticosteroid drugs (steroid hormones) can trigger or worsen CSCR.

Central serous chorioretinopathy diagnosis and examination process

Your doctor will conduct a complete dilated eye examination in both eyes and will obtain imaging of the retina. They may take retinal photographs to document the appearance of the disease.

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a retinal scan that is very helpful in diagnosing CSCR; it enables your doctor to see the retina at the microscopic level. This makes it possible to identify very small pockets of fluid or retinal scarring (once the fluid has subsided) in acute or chronic CSCR.

Fluorescein angiography is a test in which we inject dye into a patient’s arm vein, and a machine takes pictures of each eye to detect leakage of the dye beneath the patient’s retina. This test, along with OCT, can help your ophthalmologist diagnose CSCR, and to distinguish it from other retinal diseases causing fluid in the macula.

Early detection of CSCR is very helpful, and most eyes with chronic or recurrent CSCR can be treated successfully to avoid permanent vision loss.

Central serous chorioretinopathy treatments

CSCR can often spontaneously improve without treatment, however, monitoring with your ophthalmologist is still required to ensure that this successfully occurs. However, if the course of a CSCR episode becomes protracted (chronic) or recurrent then your ophthalmologist may recommend treatment such as macular laser to stabilise the vision and prevent further visual decline.1Abouammoh MA. Advances in the treatment of central serous chorioretinopathy. Saudi J Ophthalmol. 2015;29(4):278-286. doi:10.1016/j.sjopt.2015.01.007

Laser treatment is painless2Milton Keynes University Hospital. 2021. Macular Laser Treatment – Milton Keynes University Hospital. [online] Available at: <> [Accessed 24 June 2021].and can target the source of fluid leakage under the retina.

Central serous chorioretinopathy FAQs

About half of patients diagnosed with CSCR have at least one relative with findings of the disease. This indicates that there may be a genetic tendency; however, no specific inheritance pattern has been identified.

Patients with high blood pressure or heart disease and those with current or recent pregnancy have been shown to have a higher risk of developing CSCR.

Beyond corticosteroids, there is evidence that other drugs including stimulants, decongestants, erectile dysfunction medications, and some anti-cancer agents may trigger CSCR.

How long does it take for central serous retinopathy to heal?

Most people usually recover from the condition within 4 to 6 months and won’t need any treatment. If the condition has lasted up to a year and is severely impacting your life, laser treatment may help.

How to get help from our team of eye experts

Get the expert eye treatment you need in 3 easy steps

Step 1 – Reach out

Give us a call on: 3725 0222 and we’ll guide you towards an initial consultation.

Book a consultation

Step 2 – We’ll meet

During your initial consultation, we will take a detailed medical history and examination to make an accurate assessment of the issue at hand.

Step 3 – Your vitality restored

We will treat you at one of our state-of-the-art Brisbane eye clinic facilities, with the aim of giving you the optimism and confidence to re-engage with life. 

As seen on TV

OKKO aims to provide life-changing vision transformation to patients

Our expertise has helped thousands of Queenlanders rejuvenate their eyes

“Very friendly and professional staff. Dr Russell is extremely informative and has a really positive presence. The doctor and all of the staff ensured all my questions were answered fully. I left the surgery feeling as if I’d been really well cared for.”

Suzanne Cooper

“The staff are all friendly and helpful.”

Alana Jenkins

“Dr Russell and the entire team should be commended for their genuine care and personal attention. They made every possible effort to explain and clarify the treatment required and made sure I was comfortable through the consultation treatment.”

Xerxes Meher

“Dr Russell is my hubby’s specialist for years. We love him. Such a kind person and always spends time to explain everything.”

Zita Farczadi Kershaw

“Many thanks for your care and skill and a big thanks to all your staff for their friendly care and professionalism shown each time I have visited.”

Henry Ellison

“My wife came to see Dr Russell today and we wanted to say thank you to all the staff for the kind and professional service. We are also extremely grateful for Dr Russell’s generosity when it came to us paying for the consultation. We wanted to reach out and say thank you so much!”

Troy and Liana Todd

We have replaced the images of real patients who provided these testimonials to protect their privacy.


We’ve got you covered, OKKO is pleased to work with all the insurers below:
  • Australian Unity

  • ACA

  • CBHS

  • CBHS Corporate

  • CDH

  • CUA Health

  • Doctors’ Health

  • Emergency Services


  • GU Health Corporate

  • HBF

  • HCI

  • Health Partners


  • HIF

  • Latrobe

  • MDHF

  • MO Health

  • Navy Health

  • Nurses and Midwives

  • Onemedifund

  • Peoplecare

  • Phoenix

  • Police

  • QCH

  • Reserve Bank

  • RT Health Fund

  • St Lukes

  • Teachers Health

  • Teachers Health

  • Westfund


We’ve got you covered! We are registered with all the major insurers in Australia.
see the full insurer list

Links to authoritative resources on retinopathy and corneal treatment

A guide to diagnosis and treatment options for Diabetic Retinopathy. Click here for more information.
A guide to basic information about keratoconus as well 10 possible treatment options. Click here to find out more.
A guide to treatment options for Central Serous Chorioretinopathy (CSCR). Click here for more information.

Our Brisbane eye specialists

We are dedicated to providing you with the best possible eye health and vision outcomes

Dr Nick Toalster, MBChB, FRANZCO

Specialist ophthalmic surgeon

I am an ophthalmologist with advanced training in cataract, corneal and glaucoma microsurgeries. As both an optometrist and an ophthalmologist, I am particularly well placed to lead the emerging field of eye disease management.

More about Dr Toalster

Dr. Matthew Russell, MBChB, FRANZCO

Brisbane Eye Surgeon

I am a specialist ophthalmic microsurgeon, internationally trained retinal surgeon, medical retinal diseases specialist, and cataract surgeon. With a career that spans over 15 years, I have mastered the ability to achieve precise results with the aim of helping patients regain their confidence and youthful energy.

More about Dr Russell


Specialist ophthalmic surgeon

I am a specialist in glaucoma, cornea & external diseases and cataract surgery. I am passionate about assisting my patients to achieve their full visual potential. I feel extremely privileged to have the opportunity to restore sight and to improve people’s quality of life.

More about Dr Ku