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Describe retinal vein occlusion?

Describe retinal vein occlusion?

Eye vessel problem: Retinal vein which drains the blood out of the eye gets occluded. This causes blurryness of vision, sometimes loss of vision. It can come suddendly. Elevated blood pressure and patients with diabetes are some of the risk factors.
New treatments are available to control some of the problems due to closure of blood vessels in the eye. ...Read more

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What can I expect from a branch retinal vein occlusion?

What can I expect from a branch retinal vein occlusion?

Depends on severity.: It depends on the severity and the perfusion of the retina. If a patient has macular edema ("swelling of the retina"), treatment is generally recommended. When it first presents, monthly monitoring with a retinal specialist is recommended. ...Read more

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Can you give me more info on a branch retinal vein occlusion?

BRVO or BVO: A type of blockage resulting from vascular disease (atherosclerosis, clot formation etc.) involving the veins of the retina. Mild to severe visual loss. Most frequent with hypertension, diabetes, clotting disorders. Swelling of the retina blurs vision. Prompt treatment and management of medical problems is critical. Many new treatments have improved prognosis. ...Read more

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What is the cure for retinal vein occlusion?

There is no cure: There are only treatments to treat the effects: intravitreal injections and/or laser for macular edema (swelling), laser for proliferative changes (new blood vessel growth), and vitrectomy surgery for vitreous hemorrhage. See a retina specialist. ...Read more

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Is a branch retinal vein occlusion could be a sign of MS?

Is a branch retinal vein occlusion could be a sign of MS?

Don't think so: Optic neuritis is typically associated with ms. Brvo is associated with hypertension, or certain blood clotting disorders, depending on your age. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the incidence of bilateral central retinal vein occlusion?

Please help! What is the incidence of bilateral central retinal vein occlusion?

Not common: Bilateral CRVO is not common. Bilateral CRVO has been associated with hyperviscosity syndromes such as primary and secondary polycythemia, leukemia/lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and other rare conditions. Other risk factors include oral contraceptive use, diuretics, hypercoagulable states, and vasculitis. ...Read more

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Does avastin (bevacizumab) for hemi retinal vein occlusion work well?

Does avastin (bevacizumab) for hemi retinal vein occlusion work well?

Yes: It work well for retinal edema of the macula caused by retinal vein occlusions (central, hemi, and branch). Speak to your retinal specialist about this. ...Read more

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Is Anti-VEGF effective for treating Central Retinal Vein Occlusion?

Is Anti-VEGF effective for treating Central Retinal Vein Occlusion?

Anti-VEGF: Yes, anti-VEGF treatment is effective for CRVO. Many clinical trials have led to this conclusion. Outcomes vary and depend on type of CRVO (ischemic vs no ischemic) and starting visual acuity and other co-morbidities. ...Read more

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Is there any more significant risk of doing cataract surgery on an eye that had a central retinal vein occlusion about a year ago vs a normal eye.

Is there any more significant risk of doing cataract surgery on an eye that had a central retinal vein occlusion about a year ago vs a normal eye.

Yes: There are some schools of thought that believe that microvascular disease such as vein occlusions and diabetes have an increased risk of getting neovascular glaucoma. Also, cystoid macular edema can happen in these subgroup of patients. ...Read more

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Can smoking weed be good or bad for eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusion?

Can smoking weed be good or bad for eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusion?

More downside...: More downside than upside such as lung disease. No evidence that marijuana helps either of those, and any smoking is bad for diseases that involve blood flow. Weed lowers eye pressure in glaucoma, but not for enough time to be effective. Other treatments work better. ...Read more

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Is smoking marijuana dangerous for eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusion or any other eye disorder?

Is smoking marijuana dangerous for eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusion or any other eye disorder?

YES: Smoke contains particulate matter ; is the residue of something burning or being burned. Smoke gets into the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, mouth, lungs, hair, pores of the skin etc. Sulfur and carbon monoxide are prominent elements of smoke along with 3000 other chemicals which likely cause cancer or are toxic to tissues. So, smoking anything is bad for your health if healthy let alone if ill. ...Read more

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Is there a treatment for retinal vein occlusion?

Is there a treatment for retinal vein occlusion?

Treatment for RVO?: Yes. In addition to traditional laser photocoagulation, there are several new medications that have proven to be very beneficial. Some of these medications are injected into the eye. Treatment of the underlying disease is important not only in maximizing repair processes, but to prevent recurrence. Untreated, rvo may result in severe vision loss. ...Read more

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Treatment options for retinal vein occlusion?

Treatment options for retinal vein occlusion?

Many causes of RVO.: Several approved treatments for retinal vein occlusions (rvo's) exist. They range from laser treatment to injections of one of several newly approved drugs to the eye. All the while, we must also address the underlying cause of the rvo. The most frequent association for rvo is hypertension, though there are others as well. Best to see a specialist in the treatment of retinal disease. ...Read more

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If on Diagnosis of RVO all four quadrants are haemorrhaging is it possible that it could be classified as a Hemi-retinal vein Occlsion? Thank you, .

CRVO: Yes, a hemiretinal vein occlusion involves half of the retina. A central retinal vein occlusion involves the whole retina with dilated, tortuous veins & hemorrhage in all 4 quadrants. See retina specialist for work up and treatment. ...Read more

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Supposing your retinal vein burst open. Is it dangerous?

Yes: If a retinal vein breaks open, the blood within will push around the retina, could escape into the vitreous causing visual disturbance and might lead to a blockage of the vein which could also affect vision. If this is suspected, a retinal specialist should be seen immediately to diagnose and treat this. ...Read more

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Why is my right eye currently bloodshot? I have a central retina vein occlusion in my left eye which I have had for the past 7 years.

Why is my right eye currently bloodshot? I have a central retina vein occlusion in my left eye which I have had for the past 7 years.

Bloodshot eye: With your history, I would go get this issue checked out asap. It is probably nothing serious but you hate to take chances with your vision. Go see your eye doctor. ...Read more

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I have veins near my iris on the white part of my eyes. They go away and comeback isthis a sign of my retina detaching. Ihad tears lasered a while ago?

I have veins near my iris on the white part of my eyes. They go away and comeback isthis a sign of my retina detaching. Ihad tears lasered a while ago?

You are: Describing two different parts of the eye, the subconjunctival vessels ('white part') and the retina, the back of your eye. They aren't necessarily associated. If you are concerned then check with your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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I have blood vessels appearing on retina, what to do?

I have blood vessels appearing on retina, what to do?

Ask your doctor: You generally cannot tell if you have blood vessels growing on your retina. You must be examined and told of this which I assume has happened. There is good treatment for this including laser and injections of newer drugs. You might also have diabetes which needs more careful control. ...Read more

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If you see images of your blood vessels when they shine light does that mean detached retina?

If you see images of your blood vessels when they shine light does that mean detached retina?

No, it is normal: Seeing blood vessels is a normal sensation during examination with an indirect ophthalmoscope. It does not mean that the retina is detached. ...Read more

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I have a problem with my eyes something to di with my retina and the blood vessels on my retina that are "dried" up causing blind spots in my vision?

Blind spots: It sounds as if you have already seen an ophthalmologist (o), by the description of your problem. If you did, ask the o you saw for more advice. If not, go to one as soon as possible to get a diagnosis, prognosis and a treatment plan for your problem. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can MS cause central vein occlusion?

Must disagree: This is a bandwagon that seems trendy, but the overwhelming evidence so far suggests that the blocks in the jugular and azygous veins draining into the neck, can be seen in normals as well as ms patients, and there is absolutely no backup congestion blood products found in the brain. This is a risky and absolutely unnecessary procedure, in spite of numerous advocates. No effect on ms. ...Read more

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Explain briefly about retinal artery occlusion?

Explain briefly about retinal artery occlusion?

See a retina special: A blocked retinal artery (usually from an embolus that traveled from somewhere else in the body like the carotid artery or the heart) can lead to vision loss. It could be a branch or the central retinal artery. There are no good treatment, but a systemic workup to look for the source is required (carotid ultrasound and echocardiogram). A rarer cause is giant cell arteritis. ...Read more

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Could epoetin help reduce occlusion of the hepatic veins?

Could epoetin help reduce occlusion of the hepatic veins?

No: Epoetin alfa an injectable drug for treating anemia. is a protein that normally is made by the kidney. It causes bone marrow to produce oxygen-carrying red blood cells and has little effect on hepatic vein occlusion. HVT is also called Budd-Chiari syndrome caused by certain medications and diseases which result in buildup of fluid in the abdomen and an enlarged liver occasionally associated with upper abdominal pain.. ...Read more

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Is central retinal artery occlusion correctible, and if so, then how much time do you have?

Is central retinal artery occlusion correctible, and if so, then how much time do you have?

Not correctable: Occlusion of the vessel can occur from a plaque, clot, emboli, irregular heart beat, etc. Eye can worsen (glaucoma/pain) even if vision improves some, which is rare. The important task to do is to prevent more events in eyes and brain, see your family doctor to determine what caused this occlusion. ...Read more

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I have a hemi retina occlusion in my left eye and I am told that I will have to have injections in my eye. Are they safe?

Occlusion: Hi. The injections are safe when done properly, There is always a risk of intraocular eye infection, but it occurs very infrequently.

Follow the doctor's advice, but also ask if laser is a viable alternative in your case.

Dr. C. ...Read more

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Asd closure after retinal artery branch occlusion. Post procedure = palpitations that felt very irregular. After 6 weeks it improved. My dr thinks I may be in af. Is it possible that af was transient?

A fib: Yes. It is possible in case of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, which is episodic. As you have mitral regurgitation, you are at risk for having atrial fibrillation. As you are already on Aspirin and Plavix (clopidogrel) I don't recommend warfarin which increases bleeding risks. I suggest you to get holter and event monitor to record arrhythmias to get appropriate antiarrythmic therapy. ...Read more

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Occlusion (Definition)

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Retina (Definition)

That lines the inner eyeball that turns light into chemical/electrical signals interpreted by brain which we ...Read more