Unfortunately, with our current medical technology, BRVO cannot be cured. Treatment is aimed at keeping your vision stable and preventing any further damage by sealing off blood vessels which are leaking fluid into the retina. This sealing is usually done with a type of laser surgery known as focal laser treatment. The laser beam is finely directed to areas of the macula to seal the leaks. Our Retinal Specialist, Dr. David W. Switzer Jr., may also choose to use medications which are injected into the eye to aid in the reduction of swelling around the macula.
Improvement in your vision will take time, sometimes many months. Some patients, even with the best of treatment, never experience any improvement in their vision. Because of the seriousness of this condition, it’s especially important to control your risk factors for developing BRVO.
Keep regular checks on your blood pressure to make sure it stays in the normal range. If you smoke, ask your doctor for help in quitting. Maintain a healthy weight and eat a well balanced diet that contains plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits and that is low in saturated fat. Plus, get regular exercise. BRVO cannot be cured, but you can do a lot to make sure it never happens to you or someone you love!