WHAT IS A RETINAL VEIN OCCLUSION (RVO)?
Retinal vein occlusion occurs when a vein becomes blocked causing swelling of the retina. Symptoms include blurry vision and floaters.
WHAT CAUSES A RETINAL VEIN OCCLUSION?
High blood pressure (hypertension) and older age are the two most common risk factors for a retinal vein occlusion.
HOW DO YOU TEST FOR A RETINAL VEIN OCCLUSION?
Testing includes a complete eye exam and photographs of the retina. Imaging tests of the retina are very specific and can diagnose retinal vein occlusions with a high degree of confidence.
WHAT ARE THE TREATMENTS FOR A RETINAL VEIN OCCLUSION?
Retinal vein occlusions are treated with lifestyle modifications including controlling blood pressure and injections of medications in the office. The vast majority of patients will experience a significant improvement in vision with treatment.