Symptoms of retinal vascular occlusion
The most obvious symptom of a retinal vascular occlusion is a sudden and drastic change in vision. The change can take a variety of forms such as blurry vision, partial or even complete loss of vision.
The changes in vision commonly only occur in one eye during a retinal vascular occlusion. The symptoms do not ‘spread’ to the other eye. Also, the sensation of pain is not a symptom that retinal vascular occlusions bring. If pain is involved, it may be due to a different condition.
Once a retinal vascular occlusion occurs, the symptoms can be permanent or temporary. The earlier you seek treatment, the higher chance of the symptoms being treatable and non-permanent. If you experience sudden and drastic changes to your vision, you should call your eye doctor, eye specialist or opthalmologist immediately. Seek treatment from a nearby hospital immediately, if you experience a partial or full loss of vision in eye.
Between the two types of vascular occlusions, retinal artery occlusions are catastrophic and may lead to sudden blindness in the affected eye. A retinal vein occlusion are also serious but these may be treated if detected early. The most important step of management is to control the pre-existing hypertensive, high blood pressure or high cholesterol condition in order to prevent another ‘stroke’ of the other eye, heart (heart attack) or brain stroke.