Recognizing the symptoms of central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO)
CRVO leads to a number of problems that affect your eye and eyesight and the sharpness or clarity of your vision. CRVO 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
- Cloudy vision
- Distorted, warped, or wavy vision
- Sudden and complete loss of vision
- Floaters, tiny dark spots in your vision
Symptoms of CRVO can become worse over a matter of hours or days. The sooner you can spot these symptoms and speak to your eye care professional, the more likely you will be able to help improve vision or slow vision loss.
If you are seeing any changes in your vision, you should speak with your eye care professional immediately.