CRVO by Dr.Stéphanie Zwillinger [Femme Actuelle]

In this article, Dr.Stéphanie Zwillinger unravels CRVO, or central retinal vein occlusion, a retinal pathology. She explains to us the risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, but also the evolution of this retinal obstruction as well as its treatment.

CRVO: “There’s more than one type of retinal occlusion.”

Dr. Stéphanie Zwillinger reminds us it is the second vascular retinal pathology, after diabetic retinopathy (in French, click here for a link in English).

There are two types of central retinal occlusion

  • CRVO: central retinal occlusion;
  • Hemi-CRVO: hemi-central retinal occlusion (whole of the retina isn’t affected).

The central retinal occlusion results from a clot, or a veinal flux reduction at an optic nerve level.

Risk factors of CRVO

There is no such a thing as factors that will trigger the central vein occlusion. However, there are risk factors, such as (non exhaustive list):

  • diabetes;
  • smoking;
  • obesity;
  • age and gender (male, mostly);
  • other pathologies, like arterial hypertension, sleep apnea,…;
  • family history of CRVO;
  • systemic diseases (leucemia, arteriovenous malformation,…).

If you are subject to glaucoma and ocular hypertension, or if you have family history, we invite you to get a regular ophthalmologic follow-up, in order to prevent any risk for your eyes.

You now want to know the symptoms of this vein occlusion? Or how to get a diagnosis, as well as its evolution or the existing treatments?

We invite you to continue your reading (in French) on the Femme Actuelle website, by clicking on the link below!

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