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Symptoms of Retinal Vascular Occlusion

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Retinal vascular occlusion is most often marked by a sudden change in vision in a single eye. This may include:

·         Blurriness or image distortion

·         Partial blindness

·         Complete loss of vision

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of vascular occlusion, please contact California Retina Associates to schedule an appointment today. Appointments can also be scheduled by calling our Chula Vista office at (619) 425-7755 or our El Centro office at (760) 352-7755.

Causes of Vascular Occlusion

Vascular occlusion occurs when retinal veins or arteries become blocked. The exact cause of this condition is not always known, but there are factors that can increase your risks including:

  • Tobacco use
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Heart problems
  • Intravenous drug use

Vascular occlusion may also be linked to other eye disorders and diseases such as macular edema and glaucoma.

As with many eye conditions, you can reduce your risks for vascular occlusion or help prevent additional complications by not smoking. Likewise, maintaining a healthy diet and keeping medical conditions under control will help reduce your risks for this and many other serious vision problems. Our San Diego ophthalmologists will discuss this with you in greater detail during your treatment consultation.

Treating Vascular Occlusion

It is not always necessary to treat vascular occlusion, although your vision will likely not return to normal without treatment. Depending on your specific needs, our eye doctors may recommend medications or laser therapy to break up clots and help restore vision. However, even with treatment, a full restoration of vision is not guaranteed. During your retinal examination we will discuss all of your options and help you better understand what you can realistically expect following treatment.

To learn more about treatment options for vascular occlusion, please contact our San Diego retina specialists today. We serve patients living in San Diego and surrounding communities from our offices in Chula Vista and El Centro.

California Retina Associates


Chula Vista Office
835 Third Avenue, Suite A
Chula Vista, CA 91911
619-425-7755

El Centro Office
1452 South La Brucherie, Suite A
El Centro, CA 92243
760-352-7755