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    Retinoschisis

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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

    • Congenital Retinal Cyst
    • Congenital Vascular Veils in the Retina
    • Giant Cyst of the Retina
    • Vitreoretinal Dystrophy

    Disorder Subdivisions

    • Retinoschisis, Typical
    • Blessig Cysts
    • Iwanoff Cysts
    • Peripheral Cystoid Degeneration of the Retina
    • Retinoschisis, Juvenile
    • Familial Foveal Retinoschisis
    • Congenital Retinoschisis
    • Retinoschisis, Senile

    General Discussion

    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

    Foundation Fighting Blindness
    7168 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 100
    Columbia, MD 21046
    Tel: (410)423-0600
    Fax: (410)872-0574
    Tel: (800)683-5555
    TDD: (800)683-5551
    Email: info@FightBlindness.org
    Internet: http://www.blindness.org/

    Lighthouse International
    111 E 59th St
    New York, NY 10022-1202
    Tel: (800)829-0500
    Email: info@lighthouse.org
    Internet: http://www.lighthouse.org

    Retinitis Pigmentosa International
    P.O. Box 900
    Woodland Hills, CA 91365
    Tel: (818)992-0500
    Fax: (818)992-3265
    Tel: (800)344-4877
    Email: info@rpinternational.org
    Internet: http://www.rpinternational.org

    National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI)
    P.O. Box 317
    Watertown, MA 02272-0317
    Tel: (617)972-7441
    Fax: (617)972-7444
    Tel: (800)562-6265
    Email: napvi@perkins.org
    Internet: http://www.napvi.org

    American Foundation for the Blind
    2 Penn Plaza
    Suite 1102
    New York, NY 10121
    Tel: (212)502-7600
    Fax: (888)545-8331
    Tel: (800)232-5463
    TDD: (212)502-7662
    Email: afbinfo@afb.net
    Internet: http://www.afb.org

    American Council of the Blind
    2200 Wilson Boulevard
    Suite 650
    Arlington, VA 22201
    Tel: (202)467-5081
    Fax: (202)465-5085
    Tel: (800)424-8666
    Email: mailman@acb.org
    Internet: http://www.acb.org/

    Association for Macular Diseases, Inc.
    210 E. 64th St.
    8th Floor
    New York, NY 10065
    Tel: (212)605-3719
    Fax: (212)605-3795
    Email: association@retinal-research.org
    Internet: http://www.macula.org/

    NIH/National Eye Institute
    31 Center Dr
    MSC 2510
    Bethesda, MD 20892-2510
    United States
    Tel: (301)496-5248
    Fax: (301)402-1065
    Email: 2020@nei.nih.gov
    Internet: http://www.nei.nih.gov/

    Association for Retinopathy of Prematurity and Related Diseases
    39650 Orchard Hill Place
    Novi, MI 48375
    Tel: (248)319-0161
    Fax: (248)788-4589
    Tel: (800)788-2020
    Email: ropard@yahoo.com
    Internet: http://www.ropard.org

    MD Support - The Eyes of the Macular Degeneration Community
    3600 Blue Ridge Blvd
    Grandview, MO 64030
    USA
    Tel: (816)761-7080
    Fax: (816)761-7080
    Email: director@mdsupport.org
    Internet: http://www.mdsupport.org

    Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
    PO Box 8126
    Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
    Tel: (301)251-4925
    Fax: (301)251-4911
    Tel: (888)205-2311
    TDD: (888)205-3223
    Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

    For a Complete Report:

    This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be downloaded free from the NORD website for registered users. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational therapies (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, go to www.rarediseases.org and click on Rare Disease Database under "Rare Disease Information".

    The information provided in this report is not intended for diagnostic purposes. It is provided for informational purposes only. NORD recommends that affected individuals seek the advice or counsel of their own personal physicians.

    It is possible that the title of this topic is not the name you selected. Please check the Synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and Disorder Subdivision(s) covered by this report

    This disease entry is based upon medical information available through the date at the end of the topic. Since NORD's resources are limited, it is not possible to keep every entry in the Rare Disease Database completely current and accurate. Please check with the agencies listed in the Resources section for the most current information about this disorder.

    For additional information and assistance about rare disorders, please contact the National Organization for Rare Disorders at P.O. Box 1968, Danbury, CT 06813-1968; phone (203) 744-0100; web site www.rarediseases.org or email orphan@rarediseases.org

    Last Updated: 5/3/2008
    Copyright 1988, 1989, 2004 National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

    WebMD Medical Reference from the National Organization for Rare Disorders

    Last Updated: May 28, 2015
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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