Retinal Artery Occlusion

Similar to a stroke that may occur in the brain, the arteries within the retina may become blocked by a small embolus within the vessel. The degree of visual change depends on the size and location of the blockage, which can be detected by a retinal angiogram. Rarely, the embolus blocking the vessel can be dislodged by laser or surgery, sometimes leading to recovery of vision. In some cases, treatment may be recommended to control the growth of abnormal blood vessels, which may include laser therapy applied to the retina or injections of medication.


There is no good treatment of Artery Occlusions other than a thorough systemic work-up to rule out other sources of embolic disease.


What to expect

After your exam, your Physician will review your visual prognosis and communicate with your primary Physician and coordinate a series of tests.