Retinal Vein Occlusion (RVO) in Des Plaines, IL
Blood clots appear when blood cells lump together in to one larger piece. These function naturally in the body to stop bleeding and prevent excessive blood loss. When a blood clot forms in an unfortunate place, however, it can lead to severe health problems. This is what occurs during retinal vein occlusion (RVO). During this condition, a blood clot has formed in the retinal vein, which delivers blood to the eyes.
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Retinal Vein Occlusion Causes
Retinal vein occlusion occurs when a blood clot forms in the retinal vein. The retinal vein is responsible for delivering blood to the eyes, which is essential for healthy vision. In essence, the blood clot that forms blocks the retinal vein.
There are several reasons why a retinal vein occlusion can occur. In some cases, it's truly random and cannot be prevented. Other RVOs, however, occur because a person is at high-risk due to an existing medical condition.
Possible retinal vein occlusion causes include:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Eye infections
- Blood circulation disorders
- Abnormal blood vessels
- Diabetic retinopathy
Retinal Vein Occlusion Symptoms
The symptoms of retinal vein occlusion are typically very severe and immediate. When these symptoms occur, it's important to get medical attention immediately. All symptoms of RVO occur due to the retinal vein being blocked.
Possible retinal vein occlusion symptoms include:
- Blurred vision
- Partial blindness
- Hazy vision
Retinal vein occlusion symptoms sometimes start as mild and progress over a period of hours or days as the blockage increases. Catching RVO early can help make treatment easier and improve vision.
Retinal Vein Occlusion Treatment
Once retinal vein occlusion has fully occurred, there is unfortunately no way to completely unblock the vein. About 1/3 of people who have had an RVO have restored vision without treatment. This occurs naturally over time, and in some cases may take a year or longer.
Most retinal vein occlusion treatment instead focuses on reducing the risk of blockage and treating the blood flow issues that lead to clot formation. Possible retinal vein occlusion treatments include:
- Focal laser treatment, to destroy existing abnormal blood vessels.
- Laser photocoagulation, which seeks to prevent new blood vessels from forming in the eyes.
- Anti-VEGF (anti-vascular endothelial growth factor) injections, which similarly stop blood vessels from forming.
Other possible treatments target the underlying blood flow conditions such as diabetes, atherosclerosis and high cholesterol. Treatment options can include weight loss, increased exercise and special medications to improve blood flow or lower cholesterol.
Request RVO Information Now
Retinal vein occlusion is a serious condition that unfortunately can't be reversed. That's why it's crucial to seek preventive treatment before it happens. Request more information today: call (847) 824-3127 or contact Dr. James Katz online.
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