Central Retinal Vein Occlusion (CRVO)

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3 weeks ago I suddenly noticed blurred vision in my left eye and having now seen a eye consultant and had a flouroscein Angiogam it turns out that I have a CRVO to which there is no apparent treatment.

I am 56, healthy, sporty and not overweight.

From all the reading it appears that some people have tried a steriod injection into the eye and some have tried prednisolone tablets. One report says to thin the blood (asprin) another says the opposite as it could cause further bleeding.

Does anyone have any experience or advice that could help me decide what to do?

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    I suggest you treat this condition very aggressively. A blood thinner in addition to a full aspirin daily would be my recomendation. I suffered a Central Retinal Artery Occlusion to my right eye 6 years ago and lost all central vision. See your opthamologist every 3 to 6 months and at least twice a year. Report all flashes and floaters if and when they occur.

    Monitor your blood pressure. Hypertension and even pre-hypertension (greater than 120) conditions warrant aggressive treatment.

    My health profile at the time of my CRAO included an annual physical, general good health, correct weight, physically fit and good condition. I had been treating my pre-hypertension condition under doctor's care with a baby aspirin daily and an hour and half workout in a gym 3 days a week. My regime included streching, strength conditioning and aerobics. It wasn't enough so hypertension medication (Cozaar) was prescribed.

    Very recently (less than 2 months ago) I experienced \"flashes\" (sometimes described a bands of lightening) in my left eye. My opthalmologist is aggressive and as a result I have had an EKG as well a Carotid Artery Test with negative results. Nervertheless, an additional blood thinner as well as the continuation of a full asprin a day has been prescribed to prevent stroke. Also, I am still taking the Cozaar daily.

    I hope you haven't lost complete central vision in the damaged eye. Good luck.

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    Hi, Jim:

    You say in your narrative that "there is no apparent treatment" for your CRVO.

    I had a CRVO in June of this year (2014) and have been receiving shots of Lucentis

    in the eye almost monthly ever since.  The medicine has stopped the bleeding, and

    my vision has returned to normal.

    Has not your Retinal Specialist suggested this approach to your CRVO?


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    I had a CVRO in my left eye in March last year. It was diagnosed in July. Since then i have had 3 injections into my eye (of no help). After having extensive blood tests i was prescribed 1 junior Aspirin per day and advised to try to lower my chlosterol lever (5.8). I have followed the doctor's advice rigorously.  The consultant suggests an operation but I am reluctant as I, also have an incipient cataract and would prefer wait and have both operations done at the same time. Generally, while the eyesight in my left eye is slightly distorted, I can drive, play sport, read and look at tv without problem I feel it is better and to have the 2 problems dealt with at the same time. .
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      Hi,  Paula:

      I also have had a retinal vein occlusion.  I had the initial three shots in my eye of Lucitin.  Is that what you had?  Two months later I had a little more

      bleeding and had another shot.  At that time I was told I would need a

      shot every month.  However, now it is down to having a shot every other month, and the Lucitin seems to be working quite well.

      My main point is that perhaps you need to have a few more injections to

      truly see if you can benefit from them.

      I would not think it a very wise decision to have the two eye surgeries at

      the same time.  What does your retinologist say?


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