Choroidal dystrophy is an eye disorder involving the choroid, a layer of blood vessels between the sclera and retina.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Choroidal dystrophies are usually due to an abnormal gene (hereditary). It usually affects males, starting in childhood.
The first symptoms are peripheral vision loss and vision loss at night.
Signs and tests
An eye surgeon who specializes in the back of the eye (retina specialist) diagnoses choroidal dystrophies. The following tests may be needed to diagnose the condition:
Choroidal dystrophies are usually treated with observation.
Grover S, Fishman GA. Choroidal dystrophies. In: Yanoff M, Duker JS, eds. Ophthalmology. 3rd ed. St. Louis, Mo: Mosby Elsevier; 2008:chap 6.
Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed medical professional should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Links to other sites are provided for information only -- they do not constitute endorsements of those other sites. © 1997-
A.D.A.M., Inc. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.