Retinal vein occlusion treatment

A retinal vein occlusion occurs when the blood vessels in your retina (the focusing surface at the back of your eye) become blocked. The result is often fluid leaking into the ‘gel’ of the eye, causing a ‘macular oedema’ that blurs vision. There is also a risk of ‘rubeosis’, when abnormal blood vessels grow into the eye and can cause blindness through glaucoma.

It’s therefore essential to seek treatment for retinal vein occlusions as soon as you’re diagnosed.

Procedure time

Eye Institute’s state-of-the-art technology and day-stay facilities mean many treatments for retinal vein occlusions are relatively fast and simple, and you should be able to go home the same day.

CRVO and BRVO treatment

Whether you suffer from Central Retinal Vein Occlusion (CRVO) or Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion (BRVO), you can benefit from the latest and most effective treatments. Learn more about retinal vein occlusions here.

Treatments for retinal vein occlusion

There are various treatments for retinal vein occlusion, but they depend on the stage and severity of your condition, so it’s important to get an expert diagnosis.

In the first instance, your surgeon may recommend waiting for up to three months, as many retinal vein occlusions improve on their own over time. Other treatments can include:

Laser treatment

A process called laser photocoagulation uses a thermal laser to seal off leaking blood vessels and prevent further growth of blood vessels that can lead to loss of vision.


If you suffer from macular oedema, you may benefit from injections of the drugs Avastin, Eyelea or Steriod , all of which have been shown to improve vision in patients with retinal vein occlusions.


There are a number of surgical treatments that may help to improve vision. All of these procedures involve a vitrectomy, followed by different techniques to improve your vision.

You’ll be able to discuss all of your treatment options with a retinal vein occlusion specialist when you make an appointment.


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