Retina Vein Occlusion

The retina is filled with arteries and veins just like the rest of the body. A common retinal problem occurs when there is a temporary blockage of one of the veins in the retina. This is called a retinal vein occlusion, and is usually due to the anatomy of the blood vessels in the retina. This condition can lead to swelling, bleeding, and loss of circulation in the eye. This condition can often be treated with intravitreal injections (medications injected directly into the eye) or sometimes laser treatment. In many cases patients can retain excellent vision, although the treatments are often chronic.