Retinal Vein Occlusion

An occlusion of the retinal vein.

Symptoms of Retinal Vein Occlusion

The following features are indicative of Retinal Vein Occlusion:
  • blurred vision
  • vision loss
It is possible that Retinal Vein Occlusion shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Retinal Vein Occlusion

The following are the most common causes of Retinal Vein Occlusion:
  • hardening of the arteries
  • formation of a blood clot

Risk Factors for Retinal Vein Occlusion

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Retinal Vein Occlusion:
  • atherosclerosis
  • diabetes
  • high blood pressure
  • glaucoma
  • macular edema
  • vitreous hemorrhage

Prevention of Retinal Vein Occlusion

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Retinal Vein Occlusion. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • eating a low-fat diet
  • do exercise regularly
  • maintaining an ideal weight
  • quit smoking

Occurrence of Retinal Vein Occlusion

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Retinal Vein Occlusion cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Retinal Vein Occlusion most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged > 50 years

Common Gender

Retinal Vein Occlusion can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Retinal Vein Occlusion

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Retinal Vein Occlusion:
  • Amsler grid test: To test the clarity of central vision
  • Optical coherence tomography (OCT): For capturing precise images of the retina and to diagnose epiretinal membranes, macular holes and macular swelling
  • Fluorescein angiography: To exactly identify closed blood vessels, leaked blood vessels, new abnormal blood vessels and subtle changes in the back of the eye
  • Indocyanine green angiography: Produces images showing retinal blood vessels and the deeper, harder-to-see blood vessels behind the retina in a tissue called the choroid
  • Ultrasound: It can identify certain tissue characteristics that can help in the diagnosis and treatment of eye tumors
  • Computed tomography and Magnetic resonance imaging: These imaging methods can be used to help in evaluating eye injuries or tumors

Complications of Retinal Vein Occlusion if untreated

Yes, Retinal Vein Occlusion causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Retinal Vein Occlusion is left untreated:
  • glaucoma
  • partial or complete vision loss in the affected eye

Procedures for Treatment of Retinal Vein Occlusion

The following procedures are used to treat Retinal Vein Occlusion:
  • Laser surgery: It can repair a retinal tear or hole
  • Scatter laser photocoagulation: To shrink abnormal new blood vessels that are bleeding or threatening to bleed into the eye
  • Pneumatic retinopexy: It is used to repair certain types of retinal detachment
  • Scleral buckling: It is used to repair a retinal detachment
  • Vitrectomy: It is used to remove the gel-like fluid that fills the inside of eye

Self-care for Retinal Vein Occlusion

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Retinal Vein Occlusion:
  • Use magnifiers: Magnifying devices can help with reading and close-up work like sewing
  • Change computer display: Adjust the font size and monitor contrast in computer's settings
  • Use electronic reading aids and voice interface: Try talking watches, clocks and calculators, large-print books, tablet computers, and audio books
  • Select special appliances: Use some clocks, radios, telephones and other appliances with extra-large numbers
  • Use brighter lights in home: Better lighting helps with reading and other daily activities

Patient Support for Treatment of Retinal Vein Occlusion

The following actions may help Retinal Vein Occlusion patients:
  • Join support groups: Helps in coping with the disease

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Retinal Vein Occlusion.

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