Recognizing the symptoms of branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO)

BRVO leads to a number of problems that affect your eye and eyesight and the sharpness or clarity of your vision. BRVO symptoms are often sudden and painless :

  • Blurry vision, sometimes with black spots
  • Floaters, tiny dark spots in your vision
  • Sudden vision loss

Symptoms of BRVO may often appear suddenly. Sometimes they become worse in just a few hours or days, or they can develop over a few weeks or months. You may not feel any pain while it’s happening. The sooner you notice these signs and go to an eye care professional, the more successful treatment may be.

If you notice any changes in your vision, speak with your eye care professional immediately.

See what it’s like to have BRVO

Normal vision
  • Normal vision-Photograph depicting normal vision. It a point of view perspective of someone chopping a tomato on a wooden cutting board. Around the cutting board is a bowl of chopped potatoes, a bowl of chopped tomatoes, two eggplants, a bowl of chopped onions, two green peppers and a bowl of chopped red peppers.
Vision with BRVO
  • Vision with early-stage BRVO-Photograph depicting vision with early-stage BRVO. It a point of view perspective of someone chopping a tomato on a wooden cutting board. Around the cutting board is a bowl of chopped potatoes, a bowl of chopped tomatoes, two eggplants, a bowl of chopped onions, two green peppers and a bowl of chopped red peppers. However, there are a few black splotches and the image is slightly faded.
  • Mid-stage BRVO-Photograph depicting vision with mid-stage BRVO. It is a point of view perspective of someone chopping a tomato on a wooden cutting board. Around the cutting board are a bowl of chopped potatoes, a bowl of chopped tomatoes, two eggplants, a bowl of chopped onions, two green peppers and a bowl of chopped red peppers. However, there are a many black splotches and the image is faded.
  • Late-stage BRVO-Photograph depicting vision with late-stage BRVO. It is a point of view perspective of someone chopping a tomato on a wooden cutting board. Around the cutting board are a bowl of chopped potatoes, a bowl of chopped tomatoes, two eggplants, a bowl of chopped onions, two green peppers and a bowl of chopped red peppers. However, just over half of the image is obstructed by black splotches and it is severely faded.
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