Incidental Unilateral Macular Lesions in Children

Miriam Ehrenberg, Orly Gal Or, Ronit Friling, Yair Pesoa*, Gad Dotan, Amir Sternfeld

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


BACKGROUND: This study aims to examine the rare entity of unilateral macular lesions in the pediatric population and describe the distinct diagnoses and characterizations related to these findings. METHODS: A retrospective cohort design. The database of the ophthalmology clinic in a tertiary medical center was reviewed to identify all children with incidental unilateral macular findings, examined during 2016 through 2021. RESULTS: Twenty children were included. Mean age was 7.8 ± 3.4 years, 50% were girls. The most common macular lesion was torpedo maculopathy (50%), followed by pigmentary changes (25%), discoid maculopathy (15%), macular scar and combined hamartoma of the retina and retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) (5% each). None of the lesions changed after a mean follow-up duration of 2.3 ± 1.5 years. Visual acuity in the involved eye was equal to that in the contralateral eye in 90% of patients and did not change from initial to final visit. CONCLUSION: Incidental unilateral macular lesions in the pediatric population are usually benign, stable, and do not affect vision. Long-term follow-up is advised, as vision-threatening alterations may appear.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346-352
Number of pages7
JournalOphthalmic Surgery Lasers and Imaging Retina
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2023


Dive into the research topics of 'Incidental Unilateral Macular Lesions in Children'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this