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 and rule out the possibility of a vascular occlusion. If you develop a vascular occlusion that affects your vision and do not have it treated by a retina specialist, the visual changes could be permanent.

If you have noticed a sudden blurring or loss of vision in one eye, please contact California Retina Associates online or by calling us at (619) 425-7755 or (760) 352-7755 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
  • Advancing age

These risk factors cannot always be prevented but can be managed. If you have been diagnosed with any of these conditions or are over the age of 65, 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

There are steps you can take to minimize these risk factors. Not using IV drugs and maintaining your goal weight (as advised by your doctor) are great starting points. Keeping your blood pressure and cholesterol levels under control are also very important.

How to Minimize Your Risk of Developing Retinal Vascular Occlusion

Our San Diego retina specialists would be happy to discuss minimizing your risk of retinal vascular occlusion in greater detail during your next visit to our office.

As with many vision disorders, leading a healthy lifestyle can help reduce your risks of vascular occlusion. You should follow a healthy, well-balanced diet, exercise regularly and live an active lifestyle. You should also manage any pre-existing health conditions with the help of your doctor. If you have blood pressure problems or systemic health problems that could affect your vascular or ocular health, you should take medication as prescribed by your doctor, attend all follow-up appointments and check-ups, and adhere to your medical team’s instructions closely.

Discuss Your Risk Factors for Vascular Occlusion with Our Team

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.