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 :
Description: A picture is drawn with four sections. The first section shows a view of ducks in a pond – one side of the picture is clear but the other side is blurry and then fades to black. The second section shows a person waving and the picture gets blurry. The third section shows a picture of a lamppost which starts straight and then looks warped. The fourth section shows a picture of an apple which looks normal on one side and distorted on the other.
Narration: There are several symptoms that might point to RVO and its complications: Usually patients will notice a decrease of vision in one eye. The loss in vision can be partial or complete. There may be blurring of vision, or vision may seem distorted. Objects may appear different for each eye.
- 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.