Retinal Vein Occlusions

Learn More About Retinal Vein Occlusion Treatments at Aurora

What is a Retinal Vein Occlusion?

Retinal vein occlusion is blockage of one or more blood vessels in the eye that bring blood away from the retina. When these vessels are blocked, it can cause blurred vision or vision loss, and it can lead to additional complications, including glaucoma and macular edema.

Retinal vein occlusion often happens when people have atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), which can block the veins and make blood clot formation in the retinal vein more likely.

How Are Retinal Vein Occlusions Treated?

Because retinal vein occlusion is often a complication of other conditions (atherosclerosis, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol), treating and managing these underlying conditions is important to prevent retinal vein occlusions – either before one has occurred or after.

Aurora Health Care ophthalmologists work in conjunction with other doctors, including internal/family medicine doctors and cardiologists, to come up with a treatment plan that will address eye problems and risks along with underlying conditions.

When treatment is necessary, ophthalmologists at Aurora use lasers and injections. Lasers can treat macular edema, a complication of retinal vein occlusion, and they can prevent the growth of new abnormal blood vessels that can lead to glaucoma. Injections of antivascular endothelial growth factor (anti0VEGF) drugs can also block the growth of new blood vessels that can cause glaucoma.

If you have or are at risk for retinal vein occlusions, call an Aurora ophthalmologist today to set up an appointment for an eye exam and consultation.

Why Choose Aurora Health Care For Your Eye Care Needs?

When it comes to caring for your eyes and vision, you want the best. And at Aurora, our ophthalmologists in Wisconsin and northern Illinois are dedicated to providing the best, most advanced eye care and treatments available today.

Because Aurora eye care experts work within the entire Aurora Health Care system, they can offer you so much more than simple vision care. At Aurora, you’ll get:

  • Expert care at any hour of the day – At Aurora, we have board-certified ophthalmologists on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to care for you if you have an eye emergency – even if it’s at 3 a.m.
  • Care focused on you – Every one of our ophthalmologists believes that involving patients in the decisions that affect them, making them a part of their health care team, and making sure they understand their condition and treatment options is the best way to deliver outstanding care. At Aurora, you can expect us to focus on you, delivering the best possible care for you.
  • Immediate access to referrals – Aurora Health Care offers hundreds of specialists under one roof, as part of one integrated health care team. Some eye conditions are signs of other conditions, such as diabetes, vascular disease and neurological issues. If your ophthalmologist sees evidence of other disease during your eye exam, he or she can make a referral to another specialist and get you an appointment right away.
  • Convenient care in multiple locations – Aurora has eye care specialists in a variety of locations across eastern Wisconsin. We have clinics, hospitals and surgery centers that offer the entire spectrum of eye care.
  • Care for infants through senior citizens – At Aurora, we have eye care ophthalmologists who specialize in eye care for both adults and children. Our pediatric ophthalmologists are specially trained to diagnose and treat eye conditions in children.
  • Innovation – You can expect innovative treatments using the latest advancements in technology, including:

How Do I Schedule a Consultation With an Ophthalmologist?

To schedule a consultation or appointment with an ophthalmologist at Aurora, call one of our ophthalmology offices directly. View the list of Aurora ophthalmologists.