Retinal Vein Occlusion2017-09-15T12:17:19+01:00

RETINAL VEIN OCCLUSION

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Are you over 40 and haven’t had a comprehensive eye check done in the last year? A VisionSafe Eye Check can spot signs of retinal vein occlusion and help us determine the best treatment as soon as possible

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Retinal vein occlusion

Retinal vein occlusion is caused by blockage of a retinal vein leading to sudden, painless blurred or loss of vision. It leads to bleeding in the retina with the build up of fluid into the retina causing swelling of the retina (macular oedema). In addition to this, retinal vein occlusion is associated with a lack of oxygen in the retina which also contributes to the reduced vision by affecting the function of light detecting cells in the retina.

What causes retinal vein occlusion?

A blockage of the vein can cause obstruction of blood flow and risk factors include:

  • Age
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • High Blood pressure
  • Increased blood cholesterol levels
  • Smoking
  • Glaucoma
  • Rare blood disorders

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Praveen Patel

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How do you know you have retinal vein occlusion?

In the earliest stages of retinal vein occlusion, there are sometimes no symptoms. Sometimes you are referred to an eye doctor during a routine sight test during which your optometrist identifies some changes in the retina which look suspicious of retinal vein occlusion such as blood in the retina.

In more established and severe cases of retinal vein occlusion, you notice visual impairment (blurred vision) in one eye, symptoms of distortion or problems with reading.

All or part of the vision in one eye may be affected.

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Book a consultation for retinal vein occlusion in St Albans

Early detection and treatment of retinal vein occlusion are necessary to give the best chances to preventing vision loss. Furthermore, it is also crucial to identify and treat and potential risk factors to help reduce the risk of retinal vein occlusion happening in the other eye and prevent problems with risk factors affecting the rest of the body.

A detailed consultation with the necessary retinal imaging tests will allow Mr Patel to establish the diagnosis and provide a personalised treatment plan. The consultation will also prompt an assessment of underlying risk factors including high blood pressure, raised blood cholesterol levels, diabetes, smoking and glaucoma.

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