I am a retina specialist and can think of a couple of things your doctor could be talking about. A common scar that would be thought to be "present since birth" and also "does not look active" would be called congenital toxoplasmosis. These scares, however, are usually near the center of the retina in an area called the macula
but they can be found peripherally also.
Another form of peripheral retinal scar that could be discussed as "doesn't look active" would be histoplasmosis
. This is an infection that many times goes unnoticed but leaves little "punched out" lesions in the retina.
There is no treatment necessary for either of these conditions when they are inactive.
I would hope that most general ophthalmologists could tell these two conditions apart and would also be able to identify a large number of different types of peripheral retinal conditions. A retinal specialist, of course, would be the person best trained to diagnose and treat any peripheral retinal pathology present. At this time however, from what you have told me, it does not seem like it is necessary to see a retina MD as I believe you will be OK as long as the general ophthalmologist is not concerned.
Without seeing your retina myself, and using "chat" as my only diagnostic tool, it is difficult to be 100% sure of what is going on. However, it sounds like it is nothing that needs treatment at this time, nor would I expect it to continue to damage your vision.
Does this make sense to you?
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