What is retinal vascular disease?
Retinal vascular disease is an eye condition that affects the vasculature supplying the tissue of your retina with oxygen and nutrients. There are many types of retinal vascular disease, but they share similar symptoms and respond to some of the same treatments.
Some retinal vascular diseases stem from conditions that affect your entire cardiovascular system, like high blood pressure. Other retinal vascular diseases are specific to your eyes. A few common examples are:
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Retinal artery occlusion
- Retinal vein occlusion
- Hypertensive retinopathy (retinopathy due to high blood pressure)
- Wet macular degeneration
- Ocular ischaemic syndrome
At THIRDCOAST RETINA, Dr. Warren and the team educate you on the specific type of retinal vascular disease affecting your eyes and can answer all of your questions. After careful examination of your eyes, they recommend the appropriate treatment.
What are the symptoms of retinal vascular disease?
Retinal vascular diseases share many of the same symptoms, which you should report to Dr. Warren right away. He can make a diagnosis during an eye exam, looking for symptoms like:
- Blurring in your central vision
- A reduced visual field
- Sudden loss of vision
- Increased eye floaters
Some symptoms of retinal vascular disease appear quickly, while others develop gradually. You should be as specific as possible while describing your symptoms to Dr. Warren and the team at THIRDCOAST RETINA. They’ll ask you several additional questions before performing the exam and diagnostic tests.
What are my treatment options for retinal vascular disease?
One of the best ways of managing or preventing retinal vascular disease is to maintain healthy habits. Since many forms of retinal vascular disease are associated with underlying conditions that affect your overall health, like diabetes and hypertension, adopting a healthy diet and lifestyle helps your retinas stay healthy.
THIRDCOAST RETINA can also provide specific treatment for various forms of retinal vascular disease. Depending on your diagnosis, you might benefit from:
- Laser treatment
- Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (Anti-VEGF) medications
- Vitrectomy surgery
- Intraocular steroid injections
Dr. Warren explains your treatment options in detail and makes sure you’re aware of their pros and cons.
For more information on retinal vascular diseases and how they affect the veins and arteries in your eye, call THIRDCOAST RETINA or schedule an appointment online today.