Treatment Ophthalmology & Optometry

X-Linked Retinoschisis

At this time, there are no cures available for X-linked retinoschisis. However, researchers have identified mutations in a gene on the X chromosome that cause juvenile retinoschisis. They are now studying the gene to determine its function in the retina, with the aim of developing effective treatments for X-linked retinoschisis. Currently, a drug called dorzolamide is available, which as been shown to improve retinal health and restore some vision in people with retinoschisis. Rarely, some patients may develop bleeding in the eye or retinal detachment that may require surgery.

Patients may also benefit from low-vision aids, including electronic, computer-based and optical aids. Orientation and mobility training, adaptive training skills, job placement and income assistance are available through community resources.

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.

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