Branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO) risk factors
You have a higher risk for BRVO if you:
Are older than 65 because the older you are, the greater the risk – but people younger than 45 can still get the condition
Have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or glaucoma
Talk to your eye care professional and get regular check-ups if you have any of these risk factors. The more information you share with your eye care professional, the earlier BRVO can be detected, so you may manage the condition better.
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Narration: Factors that increase the risk of RVO include older age, high blood pressure, smoking, obesity, heart disease (atherosclerosis), glaucoma and diabetes.
Tips for living with BRVO
When indoors, cover the tops of tables or other shiny surfaces. Yellow clip-on glasses can help as well. When outdoors, dark plum or amber glasses and visors can help.
Decrease your risk
You may not be able to prevent BRVO, but there are things you can do to help lower your risk, such as:
Get regular check-ups so your doctor can look for BRVO risk factors, such as high blood pressure and poor blood circulation
Keep your blood pressure and cholesterol at healthy levels
Follow your doctor's instructions and take medicines the way they’ve been prescribed for you
Practice healthy habits like trying to stay active and eat healthy foods that are low in fat
If you smoke, try to stop
Call your doctor as soon as you notice any changes to your vision