Retinal Vascular Occlusion Risk Factors

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Retinal vascular occlusion occurs when the veins that supply the retina with fresh blood become blocked. This can result in a range of symptoms including blurred vision and partial or complete blindness. Symptoms typically occur in just one eye and often come about very suddenly. If you notice a swift change in visual clarity or begin to lose vision in one eye, it is vital that you contact our San Diego retina specialists right away to schedule a treatment consultation. Changes to vision can be permanent when proper treatment is not administered.

If you have noticed a sudden blurring or loss of vision in one eye, please contact California Retina Associates online or by calling our El Centro office at (760) 352-7755 or our Chula Vista office at (619) 425-7755 to schedule an appointment right away.

Vascular Occlusion Risk Factors

The exact cause of vascular occlusion is not always known and may simply be a result of veins that are too narrow. However, there are some risk factors that may increase your chances of developing this potentially vision stealing disorder. These include:

  • A history of blood clots
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Heart issues
  • Blood disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Macular edema
  • Glaucoma

These risk factors cannot always be prevented, but can be managed. If you have been diagnosed with any of these conditions, it is important that you maintain routine eye exams to help guard against vision loss.

Risk factors that are within your ability to control are:

  • Being overweight
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • IV drug use

As with many vision disorders, leading a healthy lifestyle can help reduce your risks of vascular occlusion. Our San Diego retina specialists would be happy to discuss this in greater detail during your next visit to our office.

Vascular occlusion cannot always be prevented, but prompt treatment can help restore clear vision and protect your eyesight for years to come. If you have noticed a sharp decline in vision, please call (760) 352-7755 or (619) 425-7755 to schedule your examination with one of our experienced San Diego ophthalmologists today.

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