Central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO) risk factors
There are certain factors that you should be aware of that have been proven to increase your risk of developing CRVO:
Your age can affect your risk, while CRVO can develop in middle-aged adults, the older you are, the greater the risk
High blood pressure called hypertension
Glaucoma, a condition where there is excess pressure inside the eye
The connection between CRVO and other health conditions is not yet entirely understood. However, other factors that are commonly associated with the risk of developing CRVO include heart disease, blood clot disorders, and high blood pressure – or diabetes-related damage to your heart and other organs.
Talk to your eye care professional and get regular check-ups if you have any of these risk factors to get a better idea of your CRVO prognosis. The more information you share with your eye care professional, the earlier CRVO 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 CRVO
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
There are several important things you can do to help reduce your risk:
Get regular screenings to check for things that may contribute to CRVO, which include blood pressure, your blood vessels and circulation, and glaucoma
Keep your blood pressure and your cholesterol levels at healthy levels
Be aware – if you suspect that you may be developing vision loss due to CRVO, speak with your eye care professional as soon as possible to begin thinking about CRVO management