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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.

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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.

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