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what is a retinal hemorrhage?

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Dr. Bruce Saran
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Retinal hemorrhage: Retinal hemorrhages can occur in any of its layers: causes: diabetes, hypertension, macular degeneration, and retinal vein occlusion are most common. Vision loss is a not a typical complain at first-depends on the cause. There is no treatment recommended. Referral to the patient`s primary care doctor is recommended to rule out systemic disease. Retinal specialist or a good eye md to treat.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Bleeding in retina: The retina, the seeing film at the back of the eye, is richly vascularized and vessels can bleed from a variety of conditions. This is termed retinal hemorrhage. It is seen in patients with trauma, diabetes, macular degeneration, sickle cell anemia, leukemia, aplastic anemia, blood clotting abnormalities and a host of rare conditions as well.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

Could I have a retinal hemorrhage from altitude?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Yes: This is a well described cause of edema and bleeding of the retina when you climb higher than your acclimation. The use of acetazolamide can help but a common associated condition is fluid in the lung which basically halts further climbing and brain fog with confusion and disorientation.

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