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Optic disc pit is a rare congenital defect which appears as a circumscribed greyish depression in the lamina cribrosa. Serous macular detachment is one of the most visually debilitating complications of optic disc pit, affecting 25–75 per cent of patients. Although there is a wide variety of treatment modalities available with varying degrees of success, there is yet no consensus in the optimal management of optic disc pit-associated maculopathy. This review discusses the literature on the pathogenesis, clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment options.