Questions about Retinal Vascular Occlusion

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What is retinal vascular occlusion?

Retinal vascular occlusion is a condition caused by a blockage in the veins or arteries that feed the retina. Constant blood flow is essential for proper retinal function. Any disruption due to a clot or other obstruction can result in a permanent loss of vision.

What are the symptoms of retinal vascular occlusion?

Symptoms of retinal vascular occlusion may include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Image distortion
  • Partial blindness
  • A complete loss of vision

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of retinal vascular occlusion, please contact California Retina Associates to schedule a consultation right away. Appointments with our San Diego retina specialists can also be made by calling our Chula Vista office at (619) 425-7755 or our El Centro office at (760) 352-7755.

What are the risk factors for retinal vascular occlusion?

While the exact causes of retinal vascular occlusion are not always known, some factors that may increase risks include:

  • Existing eye disorders such as macular edema and glaucoma
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Blood disorders
  • A history of blood clots
  • Heart disease

These risk factors for vascular occlusion can be exacerbated by obesity, high blood pressure or cholesterol, and uncontrolled diabetes. You may be able to reduce your risks for this condition by maintaining a healthy weight through proper diet and exercise.

How is retinal vascular occlusion treated?

Once blockage occurs, there is no way to reverse it. However, this does not mean that preventing additional vision loss is impossible. Depending on several factors unique to your situation, our San Diego retina specialists may choose from a variety of treatment options including laser treatments and anti-VEGF medications. Which of these options is right for your needs will be determined during your appointment at our Chula Vista or El Centro office.

To schedule an appointment with one of our San Diego retina specialists, please call (619) 425-7755 or (760) 352-7755 today.

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Chula Vista, CA 91911

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El Centro, CA 92243

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