Central Serous Retinopathy

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Mr. Manohar das, a 35 year old patient came to me in November 2001. He is a pilot with Air India and during a routine eye check up he was informed that he is suffering from Central Serous Retinopathy in left eye, a condition which causes gradual deterioration of vision. He developed this problem since July 2001 and since then he was not allowed to fly anymore. He took all treatments available but to no avail. His carrier was in jeopardy and with this problem, he may have to stop flying totally. An angiography done in November 2001, showed changes of retinopathy and vision in his left eye was 6/18.

Acupuncture treatment was started on 10th Nov. 2001 , and gradually the vision of the patient started improving. By April 2002, his vision had become 6/6 in the left eye. He was seen again by doctors at Jaslok Hospital who did a repeat fundus angiography and found that central serous retinopathy had resolved and his vision in the left eye was 6/6. His licence for flying which was temporarily cancelled was renewed after this latest report. For a man whose career is of a pilot and a condition like this can ruin his career, acupuncture came as a boon.