Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Central Retinal Artery Occlusion Overview

What is central retinal artery occlusion?
A person with central retinal artery occlusion has sudden blockage of blood flow in the retinal artery. The central retinal artery is the main artery that supplies blood to the retina of the eye. Central retinal artery occlusion causes sudden onset of partial, or complete, blindness. Although it is rare, most people with central retinal artery occlusion do not regain vision in the eye.

What are the symptoms of central retinal artery occlusion?
Symptoms of central retinal artery occlusion include a sudden and painless loss of vision in one eye. Vision loss may be partial or complete.

How does the doctor treat central retinal artery occlusion?
Treatment for central retinal artery occlusion may include medications to re-establish blood flow, ocular massage, and surgery.

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Last Updated: Feb 7, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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