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It is possible that the main title of the report Retinoschisis is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.
Synonyms Back to top
- Congenital Retinal Cyst
- Congenital Vascular Veils in the Retina
- Giant Cyst of the Retina
- Vitreoretinal Dystrophy
Disorder Subdivisions Back to top
- Retinoschisis, Typical
- Blessig Cysts
- Iwanoff Cysts
- Peripheral Cystoid Degeneration of the Retina
- Retinoschisis, Juvenile
- Familial Foveal Retinoschisis
- Congenital Retinoschisis
- Retinoschisis, Senile
General Discussion Back to top
Retinoschisis means splitting of the eye's retina into two layers. There are two forms of this disorder. The most common is an acquired form that affects both men and women. It usually occurs in middle age or beyond, although it can occur earlier, and it is sometimes known as senile retinoschisis. The other form is present at birth (congenital) and affects mostly boys and young men. It is known as juvenile, X-linked retinoschisis.
The disorder is characterized by a slow, progressive loss of parts of the field of vision corresponding to the areas of the retina that have become split. Either form may be associated with the development of saclike blisters (cysts) in the retina.
Resources Back to top
Foundation Fighting Blindness
7168 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 100
Columbia, MD 21046
111 E 59th St
New York, NY 10022-1202
Retinitis Pigmentosa International
P.O. Box 900
Woodland Hills, CA 91365
National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI)
P.O. Box 317
Watertown, MA 02272-0317
American Foundation for the Blind
2 Penn Plaza
New York, NY 10121
Blind Children's Fund
6761 W. US 12
PO Box 363
Three Oaks, MI 49128
American Council of the Blind
2200 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201
Association for Macular Diseases, Inc.
210 E. 64th St.
New York, NY 10065
NIH/National Eye Institute
31 Center Dr
Bethesda, MD 20892-2510
Association for Retinopathy of Prematurity and Related Diseases
Franklin, MI 48025
MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network
150 Custer Court
Green Bay, WI 54301-1243
MD Support - The Eyes of the Macular Degeneration Community
3600 Blue Ridge Blvd
Grandview, MO 64030
Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
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