Strokes of the Retina

Strokes of the Retina

Eye strokes occur when blockages (occlusions) occur in arteries or veins in the retina, causing vision loss. This “stroke” is called a retinal artery occlusion. Just as strokes occur in other parts of the body because blood flow is blocked, your eye also may suffer damage when vital parts such as the retina and optic nerve are cut off from nutrients and oxygen flowing through your blood. The severity of vision loss depends on the extent and location of the occlusion(s) and loss of blood flow.

During a dilated eye exam your doctor may recommend a fluorescein angiogram. This test is often used to confirm the diagnosis in these cases.

Treatment

Treatment

  • Very limited
  • Laser therapy or steroids to help stabilize vision

You may also need to follow up with your family physician to be evaluated for other underlying causes such as artery disease or high blood pressure. As with all procedures, the risks, benefits, and alternatives must always be considered.

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Office Locations

In order to have our services easily accessible, we make ourselves available in a number of Chicago area locations, each site organized to support only the care of retina patients. All offices are open Mon. - Fri., 8:30 a.m. - 5:00p.m. We are also available after hours and on weekends, by appointment, for those patients unable to come during regular hours.

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