What is Retinal Vein Occlusion?

As we get older, we suffer increasing wear and tear on our blood vessels, including the vessels in our eye. Conditions such as high blood pressure and raised cholesterol can accelerate this wear and tear. This can sometimes lead to a blockage in one of the veins which drains blood from the retina at the back of the eye, producing what is know as a vein occlusion.

Can Retinal Vein Occlusion affect vision?

Retinal vein occlusion can have significant consequences, including leakage of fluid from the blocked vessel into the macula, which can cause a reduction in central vision. Bleeding into the eye or severely raised pressure in the eye are other possible complications that can also reduce vision.

How is Retinal Vein Occlusion treated?

Several treatment options are available to prevent or treat complications from retinal vein occlusion, including laser or injections into the eye. Dr Raj will explain which treatment is most appropriate for your circumstances.