What is a Retinal Vein Occlusion?

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What is a Retinal Vein Occlusion?

The retina is the layer of tissue at the back of the inner eye that converts light images to nerve signals and sends them to the brain. Retinal Vein Occlusions (RVO) results from a blockage to the retinal vein due to a blood clot. Those highest at risk for this condition are individuals with diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, or other conditions that affect blood flow. 

Common Symptoms of RVO include:

- Sudden loss or blurring of vision (over several hours or days)
- Sudden loss of all vision.
- Dark spots or little squiggles in vision (floaters)
- Pain or pressure in the eye.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately. While not reversible, RVO is treatable. Left untreated, RVO is life-threatening and can lead to permanent blindness. 

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