What is retinal artery occlusion?

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How is retinal artery occlusion treated?

Treatment may include medicine, procedures, injections, or laser treatment. But these treatments don't always work.

Symptoms can be similar to other diseases that do need treatment. That's why it's important to act fast and call your doctor.

You will probably have tests to look for the cause and help prevent another blood clot in your eye or elsewhere in your body.

How can you prevent retinal vein occlusion?

The same healthy lifestyle steps that help prevent other blood vessel diseases may help prevent this eye problem too.

  • Lower your blood pressure if it's high. High blood pressure increases the risk for retinal vein occlusion. Talk with your doctor about your best options for lowering your blood pressure.
  • Do not smoke or allow others to smoke around you. If you need help quitting, talk to your doctor about stop-smoking programs and medicines. These can increase your chances of quitting for good. Smoking makes a stroke more likely.
  • Lose weight if you need to. A healthy weight will help you keep your heart and body healthy.
  • Eat heart-healthy foods, like fruits, vegetables, and high-fiber foods.

What is retinal vein occlusion?

The retina is the part of your eye that senses light so you can see. Retinal vein occlusion is a blood clot in a vein in the retina that blocks the flow of blood.

When this happens, doctors say the vein is "occluded." And this can damage nerve cells that help you see. Or the vein may leak, causing swelling.

There is no pain. But most people have blurry vision off and on. Or you may have a sudden loss of vision in that eye. Sometimes people get their vision back, but it often isn't as good as it used to be.

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