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What is branch retinal vein occlusion?

The retina is a thin layer of tissue lining the back of the eyes, responsible for converting light signals into images in the brain. The retina has one main artery that supplies it with blood and a vein that carries blood away. When branches of the retinal vein become blocked, it's called branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO). The obstruction may cause bleeding and fluid leakage into the retina, resulting in blurry vision, floaters and vision loss that may be permanent if not corrected immediately.

Symptoms of branch retinal vein occlusion

  • Double vision

  • Blind spots or blind areas in vision

  • Eye pain

  • Poor vision

  • Difficulty seeing due to poor color or light contrast

  • White area of the eyeball is puffy or swollen

  • Habit of watching things with the head slanted

  • Color blindness or a recent change in color perception

Questions your doctor may ask to check for branch retinal vein occlusion

  • Do you see double?

  • Are you experiencing any blind spots in your vision?

  • Do your eyes hurt?

  • Is your eyesight getting worse lately?

  • Is it hard for you to distinguish subtle differences in color intensity or brightness?

Treatment for branch retinal vein occlusion

Your doctor might prescribe anti-inflammatory injections to reduce retina swelling and improve vision. They may also recommend laser treatment to reduce fluid leakage from the obstructed vessels.

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References

  • Jaulim A, Ahmed B, Khanam T, Chatziralli IP. Branch retinal vein occlusion: epidemiology, pathogenesis, risk factors, clinical features, diagnosis, and complications. An update of the literature. Retina. 2013 May;33(5):901-10. doi: 10.1097/IAE.0b013e3182870c15. PMID: 23609064.

    https://journals.lww.com/retinajournal/Abstract/2013/05000/BRANCH_RETINAL_VEIN_OCCLUSION__Epidemiology,.2.aspx

  • Nourinia R, Ghassempour M, Ahmadieh H, Abtahi SH. Branch retinal vein occlusion after COVID-19. J Fr Ophtalmol. 2021 Oct;44(8):e441-e443. doi: 10.1016/j.jfo.2021.06.003. Epub 2021 Jul 8. PMID: 34325925; PMCID: PMC8264517.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0181551221003508?via%3Dihub

  • Muraoka Y, Tsujikawa A. Arteriovenous crossing associated with branch retinal vein occlusion. Jpn J Ophthalmol. 2019 Sep;63(5):353-364. doi: 10.1007/s10384-019-00676-5. Epub 2019 Aug 8. PMID: 31396750.

    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10384-019-00676-5

  • Cochran ML, Mahabadi N, Czyz CN. Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion. [Updated 2023 Aug 8]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2023 Jan-. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK535370/

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK535370/

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Kenji Taylor, MD, MSc

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Dr. Taylor is a Japanese-African American physician who grew up and was educated in the United States but spent a considerable amount of time in Japan as a college student, working professional and now father of three. After graduating from Brown, he worked in finance first before attending medical school at Penn. He then completed a fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control before going on to specialize in Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he was also a chief resident. After a faculty position at Stanford, he moved with his family to Japan where he continues to see families on a military base outside of Tokyo, teach Japanese residents and serve remotely as a medical director for Roots Community Health Center. He also enjoys editing and writing podcast summaries for Hippo Education.

Masashi Mimura, MD

Masashi Mimura, MD (Ophthalmology)

Dr. Mimura Graduated from the Osaka Medical College and obtained his ophthalmologist certification in 2007. He opened an outpatient clinic for oculoplastic and reconstructive surgery at Osaka Kaijo Hospital. Subsequently, he was appointed as the assistant professor at the Department of Ophthalmology, Osaka Medical College, in 2014. He then served an international fellowship at the Department of Ophthalmology/Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgery, California State University, San Diego. Since then, he has been appointed as Lecturer in the Departments of Ophthalmology at Osaka Medical College and Toho University Medical Center Sakura Hospital. Dr. Mimura is currently the Director of Oculofacial Clinic Osaka, where he specializes in Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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