Retinal Vein Occlusion: A Blockage of Critical Blood Flow

The delicate structure of the eye’s retina has powerful effects. The retina is a very thin sheet of nerve tissue that lines the inside of the back of the eye, allowing us to see. Retinal vein occlusion (RVO) is a major cause of vision loss in the United States and is more common in patients 65 years of age and older.

A retinal vein occlusion (RVO) is a blockage of blood flow in one of the retinal veins, depriving parts of the retina of much-needed oxygen and in some cases, causing swelling. At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Washington, DC – Capitol Hill, our skilled professionals are experts at diagnosing and treating RVO to restore your healthy vision.

RVO is usually sudden, painless, and typically occurs in only one eye at a time. You may notice blurring either in your central vision, in one corner of your vision or throughout your entire field of vision, depending on the location of the blockage and its effects.

While it’s not possible to unblock retinal veins, the most common way to address RVO is to treat the health problems closely associated with the condition, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, glaucoma and plaque buildup in the arteries.

In some cases, certain therapies can be used to treat RVO including ocular injections or laser therapy to reduce swelling and inflammation. Before treatment begins, it’s important that we perform a full examination and discuss all the treatment options — including the risks, benefits and alternatives – in order to choose the best course of action for your particular case.

Optimal vision is our top priority

At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Washington, DC – Capitol Hill, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate eye care. For more information on our office and the many services we provide, give us a call today.