Ok--I'm going to take a stab at making you feel better about this. It's HIGHLY unlikely that an ophthalmologist would confuse CSR and macular degeneration. They look nothing alike on examination. Macular degeneration comes in two forms: dry, which had build up of cellular junk in patches called drusen
, and wet, which has the development of new blood vessel on the retina, making a tangle that is hard to see through.
CSR is swelling in the center of the retina from fluid underneath the tissue there, not on top. This fluid pushes the cells that see the center of the field of vision out and distorts them, leading to you seeing things with distortion/halos/rays of refracted lights sometimes like in street lights.
It can be imaged from the side with optical coherence tomography
, showing the fluid clearly but the look of it is characteristic, as is the history--usually of sudden central vision blurriness
CSR usually goes away in 6 weeks to 6 months and is caused/worsened by stress. The fluid under the central area of the retina will be absorbed by the body over time.
So relax--in the beginning you will notice it all the time and then over time you'll forget and one day you'll realize it's gone.
Hope this helps--it's from stressful situations, so avoid them and be followed by your doctors who sound like they know what they're doing.
I can't examine you but just give advice here.