X-linked Retinoschisis

Juvenile retinoschisis (a.k.a. X-linked Retinoschisis) is a genetic condition that causes vision loss. It almost always affects boys – usually during childhood. Juvenile retinoschisis causes a loss in central vision. In some cases, a person’s peripheral vision may also be damaged.

• Difficulty seeing fine detail.
• A child may exhibit rapid, ‘wobbly’ back-and-forth eye movements, called nystagmus.
• A child may exhibit strabismus; eyes turned in or cross-eyed. Strabismus can sometimes be mistaken by physicians as amblyopia (lazy eye).


As of today, there are no treatments for Juvenile Retinoschisis. The Foundation Fighting Blindness funds leading research into Juvenile Retinoschisis and encourages people living with this disease to enrol in the FFB Patient Registry, which will keep you updated on emerging clinical trials and opportunities to participate.

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Please know that while information on this page has been supplied by vision care experts, it is meant to complement and not replace any advice or information from your eye health professional. Please talk to your doctor about what you learn here, and how it applies to your own vision health.