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Vascular Occlusion

Proudly Serving San Diego, Chula Vista, El Centro & Nearby Areas of California

Vascular occlusion occurs when a vein or artery becomes blocked, generally due to a blood clot. At California Retina Associates, we focus on vascular occlusion that occurs in the retina, which is also known as retinal vascular occlusion.

There are four types of retinal vascular occlusion:

  • Branch retinal vein occlusion
  • Branch retinal artery occlusion
  • Central retinal vein occlusion
  • Central retinal artery occlusion

With all four types, a blockage in the vein or artery allows fluids to build up, preventing your retina from properly filtering light. Blockages in the central vein and artery are more dangerous than those in branches, but all retinal vascular occlusion is dangerous and may lead to vision loss.

Retinal Vascular Occlusion Symptoms

Early signs of retinal vascular occlusion are often detected during you regularly scheduled eye exams at our San Diego or El Centro office. If retinal vascular occlusion is suspected during the regular course of your examination, we will recommend additional tests to make a certain diagnosis.

When not detected during your eye examinations, symptoms of this retinal disorder may include sudden vision changes such as:

  • Blurriness
  • Partial loss of vision
  • Complete loss of vision

Retinal vascular occlusion typically affects only one eye and the changes it causes can be permanent or temporary depending on your unique situation. In less serious situations, your condition may improve on its own or with simple treatments such as eye massage or increasing carbon dioxide levels by breathing into a paper bag. However, if we suspect a threat to your vision, we may suggest treatment options such as oral and/or injected medications or laser therapy. Your treatment is best determined by one of the retina specialists at our office.

Why Choose California Retina Associates

Retinal vascular occlusion is not always a threat to your vision, but when it is, prompt action is required. As one of only a handful of practices that focuses on disorders of the retina, the eye doctors at California Retina Associates have the special training necessary to help ensure successful treatment.

If you have experienced vision changes in one or both eyes, please contact California Retina Associates online or call 619-425-7755 or 760-352-7755 to schedule an appointment at either our San Diego or El Centro location today.

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