Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Retinal Vein Occlusion Treatment

There is no known cure for central retinal vein occlusion. Central retinal vein occlusion requires an emergent evaluation by an ophthalmologist. Treatment for central retinal vein occlusion may include corticosteroid medications, which are injected into the eye in order to reduce the inflammation caused by the back up of blood into the retina. Clinical studies may lead to additional medications and surgical therapies that may help reduce damage to the retina.

Treatment for central retinal vein occlusion includes:

Additional treatment that may help preserve vision includes:

Retinal Vein Occlusion Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of central retinal vein occlusion.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this problem again?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Retinal Vein Occlusion Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat central retinal vein occlusion:

Continue to Retinal Vein Occlusion Warning Signs

Last Updated: Jun 6, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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