Vascular diseases - Central and Branch Retinal Vein Occlusions Treatment In Albuquerque

Central and branch retinal vein occlusion are conditions where blood flow through the retinal
veins is blocked, affecting vision. In central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO), the main vein of the retina is obstructed, leading to extensive vision impairment. Branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO) involves smaller branches, causing more localized visual effects. These occlusions often result from health issues like hypertension or diabetes and can lead to sudden, painless vision loss or blurriness. Diagnosis involves comprehensive eye exams and imaging. Treatment focuses on managing underlying causes and preventing further damage, using medications, laser therapy, or eye injections. Regular monitoring is crucial for maintaining eye health.

Overview of Retinal Vein Occlusions

Central and branch retinal vein occlusions are vascular conditions affecting the eyes, particularly the veins of the retina. These conditions arise when there’s a blockage in the veins responsible for carrying blood from the retina to the heart.

Types of Retinal Vein Occlusions

Central Retinal Vein Occlusion (CRVO): In CRVO, the main vein of the retina is blocked, affecting vision extensively. Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion (BRVO): BRVO involves the obstruction of smaller retinal vein branches. Both types can result in sudden, painless vision loss or a marked decline in vision quality.

Causes and Risk Factors

Retinal vein occlusions are often linked to health issues like hypertension, diabetes, glaucoma, or blood clotting disorders. They are more frequently observed in older adults.


Individuals may experience blurred or distorted vision, a rapid decrease in vision, or see dark spots or lines (floaters). These symptoms necessitate immediate medical evaluation.

Diagnostic Process

Our ophthalmologists perform comprehensive eye examinations, often utilizing fluorescein angiography or Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). These tests are critical in assessing the retina’s condition and the state of the blood vessels.

Treatment Approaches

Managing retinal vein occlusions involves addressing the underlying cause and averting further vision deterioration. Treatment options may include:
  • Medications to lessen retinal swelling.
  • Laser treatments.
  • Eye injections.
  • Managing risk factors like high blood pressure and diabetes is also crucial in treatment and prevention.

Importance of Regular Eye Exams

Early detection is key, especially for individuals with risk factors for vascular diseases. Regular eye examinations play a vital role in identifying these conditions early on. Although vision loss
from retinal vein occlusions can sometimes be irreversible, early and effective management can help maintain as much vision as possible and prevent further complications.

Our Commitment to Your Eye Health

At our clinic, we are dedicated to providing thorough care for patients with retinal vein occlusions. With advanced diagnostic technology and a range of treatment options, we are committed to preserving your vision and overall eye health. Trust our team to provide expert care and guide you through each step of managing and understanding these conditions. We provide treatment for Central and branch retinal veins in Albuquerque.