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How is retinal vein occlusion detected?

Alan J. Margolis, MD
Ophthalmology

A retinal vein occlusion may be detected by our ophthalmologist when your ophthalmologist examines your retinal circulation.  A vein occlusion may be associated with a patient observing decreasing vision; however, vision change is not necessarily associated with vein occlusions.  When a dilated retinal exam is done, the ophthalmologist will use a variety of lenses to evaluate the retina.  The blood vessels of the retina can be observed directly, as well as any areas where there is abnormal bleeding or swelling within the retina.  When these conditions are found, the ophthalmologist has a variety of tools to help further define the problem at hand.  The use of an OCT can be helpful in determining whether there is increased thickness in the retina.  In addition, a fluorescein angiogram can be done in order to help evaluate the specific qualities of retinal circulation and the pattern of blockage which has occurred.

Your ophthalmologist (Eye M.D.) detects retinal vein occlusions by examining the retina with an instrument called an ophthalmoscope. The Eye M.D. may also perform fluorescein angiography, a procedure that takes special photographs of the eye, in order to further investigate the blood vessels in your eye.

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