A retinal vein occlusion is when a vein in your retina is blocked (occluded). This can be caused by a blood clot, or it can happen when a larger blood vessel presses down on the vein.
It is very important to call an ophthalmologist right away if you have any symptoms such as:
- Blurry or less vision
- Noticing a lot of floaters in your field of vision
- Pain inside your eye
It is not known exactly what causes retinal vein occlusion. However, you are more likely to have retinal vein occlusion if you have:
- glaucoma (increased pressure inside the eye)
- high blood pressure
- diseases related to blood vessels (vascular disease)
Your ophthalmologist will treat you based on what he or she sees in your eye. Treatment may include:
- Medicine: A drug is given by injections (shots) inside the eye. It helps to reduce swelling of the macula and slow vision loss.
- Laser surgery: Your ophthalmologist may use a laser to shrink certain blood vessels in your retina. This is so that they will not bleed, and to prevent them from growing back.
- Managing your health: Diabetes, glaucoma, high blood pressure or other health problems can lead to retinal vein occlusion. Taking care of your health can keep you for getting this serious problem eye problem.
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