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Central Retinal Vein Occlusion

By Bjarne Lühr Hansen PhD, MD and Philipp Skafte-Holm MD, Mentor Institute

In the case of a complete or partial occlusion of the big vein leading away from the eye, a venous thrombosis occurs in the eye.

Typically, the thrombosis is formed close to the optic nerve and usually only affects one eye. The risk of a venous thrombosis in the eye increases with age. Venous thromboses in the retina are more frequent than the arterial.

A thrombosis in the retinal vein leads to significantly reduced eyesight. Blood is accumulated in the retina and the blood vessels of the retina that can lead to swelling of the retina and optic nerve. The treatment can be injection of growth inhibiting medication into the eye followed by laser treatment of the retina.

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What can you do?

Seek doctor immediately, if you experience sudden loss of eyesight.

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The doctor can acutely refer you to an ophthalmologist.

Contact the doctor immediately

The ophthalmologist can perform a thorough eye examination of the retina with photography, scanning of the retina and contrast study. Furthermore, the ophthalmologist can evaluate whether the condition will benefit from injection treatment with growth inhibiting medication and laser treatment of the retina.