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Understanding Central Retinal Vein Occlusion

| A Guide from Premier Eyecare in San Francisco, CA

Welcome to Premier Eyecare, your trusted Ophthalmologists & Optometrists in San Francisco, CA. Our mission is to provide top-notch eye care, and part of that mission includes raising awareness about eye conditions that can affect your vision and overall eye health. In this blog, we will explore Central Retinal Vein Occlusion (CRVO), a condition that can have a significant impact on your vision. We'll discuss the causes, symptoms, risk factors, and how we can help you manage CRVO right here at Premier Eyecare.

Central Retinal Vein Occlusion (CRVO) treatment in San Francisco, CA

What is Central Retinal Vein Occlusion (CRVO)?

Central Retinal Vein Occlusion (CRVO) is a vascular disorder that occurs when the main vein (vein) responsible for draining blood from the retina becomes blocked or occluded. The retina is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of your eye, essential for clear vision. When the central retinal vein is obstructed, blood flow becomes impaired, leading to a range of vision problems.

Symptoms of CRVO

CRVO can manifest with various symptoms, including:

  • Sudden, painless vision loss: Patients may notice a sudden decrease in vision, often in just one eye.
  • Blurred or distorted vision: Straight lines may appear bent, and colors may appear faded.
  • Dark spots or floaters: These can obstruct your vision.
  • Loss of peripheral vision: Reduced ability to see objects on the side, leading to tunnel vision.

It is crucial to understand that CRVO can occur with varying degrees of severity, from mild to severe, and can lead to permanent vision loss.

Risk Factors for CRVO

Several factors can increase the risk of developing CRVO. While some are beyond our control, others can be managed or modified:

  • Age: CRVO is more common in individuals over the age of 50.
  • Hypertension: High blood pressure increases the risk of vascular issues, including CRVO.
  • Diabetes: People with diabetes have a higher likelihood of experiencing CRVO.
  • Glaucoma: Elevated eye pressure can contribute to vascular problems.
  • Smoking: Smoking is a significant risk factor for CRVO.
  • Family History: A family history of retinal vascular conditions may increase your risk.

Our Approach at Premier Eyecare

At Premier Eyecare, we are committed to helping you maintain healthy eyes and preserve your vision. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above or fall into the high-risk categories, it is crucial to schedule an eye examination with one of our expert Ophthalmologists or Optometrists.

Examination and testing for Central Retinal Vein Occlusion may include:

  • Visual acuity testing
  • Retinal examination
  • Intraocular pressure measurement
  • Fundus photography
  • Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) imaging
  • Fluorescein Angiography when appropriate

If you are diagnosed with CRVO, we will work closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan.

Our range of treatments may include:

  • Medication injections to manage retinal swelling and prevent bleeding.
  • Laser therapy to seal leaking blood vessels and prevent bleeding.
  • Eyedrops and/or laser to control the pressure inside your eye.
  • Surgical intervention in severe cases.
  • Working with your primary doctor to control your blood pressure and/or blood sugar.

Central Retinal Vein Occlusion (CRVO) is a potentially sight-threatening condition, but early detection and prompt treatment can make a significant difference in preserving your vision. At Premier Eyecare in San Francisco, CA, our dedicated team of Ophthalmologists and Optometrists is here to help you with expert care and the latest treatments.

Don't let vision problems go untreated. Schedule an appointment today to ensure your eyes receive the attention they deserve. Your vision is precious, and we are here to protect it. Trust Premier Eyecare for all your eye health needs.