Retinal Vein Occlusion is a condition in which one or more veins that carry blood away from the retina become blocked or obstructed. This results in the reduced flow of blood to the affected region of the retina. RVO can lead to a number of conditions, including blurry vision, dark spots or floaters, and, in severe cases, complete loss of vision. Individuals at a higher risk of developing RVO include those with a history of diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and heart disease. Smoking and a sedentary lifestyle can also increase the risk of developing RVO.
Untreated RVO can cause serious complications, leading to permanent vision loss and blindness. If you experience sudden disturbances in your vision in any one of the eyes, you should seek medical advice promptly.
Symptoms may include
These symptoms might indicate a retinal vein occlusion (RVO). These conditions can cause permanent vision loss or other complications if not treated promptly.
Macular EdemaMacular edema is a medical condition that occurs due to the leakage of blood vessels into the macula (part of the retina), causing it to swell and leading to blurry vision. Macular edema can develop due to a wide range of circumstances. The most prevalent one is diabetic retinopathy, an eye disorder that impairs vision in diabetics. Diabetic macular edema (DME) is the medical term for macular edema that occurs due to diabetic retinopathy.
NeovascularizationNeovascularization is a medical condition in which abnormal blood vessels develop in the retina and the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. It can occur due to various eye conditions, including diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration, and can cause severe vision loss if not treated promptly. Neovascularization frequently manifests in specific types of glaucoma, notably in neovascular glaucoma, which could lead to optic nerve damage and vision loss. The growth of abnormal blood vessels on the iris and/or drainage angle of the eye in this type of glaucoma may increase intraocular pressure, which, if not treated, may result in permanent vision loss. Therefore, it is essential to closely monitor and manage neovascularization in individuals with glaucoma to prevent further harm to their eyesight.
Cataract and Retina Surgeon (CEO)
“Early diagnosis and treatment of retinal vein occlusion can save your eyes from serious complications. Eye injections have made treatment of RVO easy and highly effective. The importance of follow-up with a Retina specialist for at least 6 months cannot be emphasized enough.”
When a thrombus (blood clot) near the lamina cribrosa blocks the central retinal vein, the condition is called Central Retinal Vein Occlusion (CRVO).
The second type is called Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion (BRVO), which occurs when a thrombus forms where the retinal artery and vein meet due to atherosclerosis, leading to compression of the retinal vein.
Unfortunately, blocked retinal veins can’t be unblocked again. In cases of swelling or new blood vessel growth(neovascularization), retinal vein occlusion eye injections are typically the go-to treatment option, whereas if there are regions in the retina experiencing significant blood flow deprivation, laser treatment is recommended.
A few retinal vein occlusion treatments include
Are you concerned about your vision? You may be experiencing blurriness or distortion in your eyesight.
If so, it's possible that you're dealing with Retinal Vein Occlusion (RVO).
But don't worry - there are diagnostic tests available to help identify this condition and get you on the path to treatment and recovery. The best doctor for RVO (retinal vein occlusion) is a retina specialist who is specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of retinal diseases, has knowledge and expertise about the latest advancements and treatment options.
Comprehensive eye exam: An eye specialist will perform a detailed examination of the eye, including visual acuity, pupil examination, and a dilated fundus exam to look for signs of RVO.
Retinal vein occlusion and cardiovascular diseases have similar reasons to occur. Here are a few things you can do to prevent yourself from cardiovascular diseases as well as RVO.
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