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Branch retinal artery occlusion (BRAO)

Branch Retinal Artery Occlusion occurs when retinal arteries have become blocked by, among other things, fat deposits or a blood clot. There is a greater risk of BRAO if there has been any hardening of the arteries in the eye. Sometimes the blockage is caused by a clot carried by the blood from another part of the patient’s body.

Branch Retinal Artery Occlusion Treatment

BRAO can be treated in a varieities of ways to bring blood flow back to the eye. This includes ocular massage, re-breathing carbon dioxide and other methods to increase blood flow. Contact us for BROA treatment in Denver.

Who’s at Risk for BRAO?

There are some people who are more likely to suffer from BRAO and these include:

  • People who suffer from diabetes
  • People with heart rhythm problems
  • People who have a high level of fat in the blood
  • Those with elevated blood pressure
  • Anyone who suffers from carotid artery disease
  • People who have a history of intravenous drug use

If the small arteries in the retina are blocked due to Branch Retinal Artery Occlusion, some of the retina will not receive enough oxygen or blood and vision can be lost.

Branch Retinal Artery Occlusion occurs when the vision is lost or blurred in part of one eye.

What are the Risks of BRAO?

The occlusion is not necessarily a permanent or ongoing condition, but instead it may last for only a few seconds or for a few minutes. However, the condition can become permanent. BRAO is a time-sensitive condition, and is best treated within several hours after it occurs. In rare instances the blood clot can continue to travel into the brain and causes a stroke.

Any symptoms of BRAO should be reported to a vision care professional as soon as possible. The most common symptoms of BRAO are either blurred vision or a temporary loss of vision in one eye.

A variety of tests can be done to determine what exactly has caused the occlusion and to determine what kind of occlusion it is. Anyone who has high blood pressure or diabetes, in particular, should have their vision checked regularly and have a full eye health examination at least once a year.

In addition, a number of other tests should be conducted on anyone who is at risk of developing branch retinal artery occlusion. These include regular tests for blood pressure, blood cholesterol levels, and heart tests.

How to Prevent BRAO

There are a number of things that people can do to help prevent blood vessel diseases that can lead to BRAO, and these are simple things like eating a low-fat diet, exercising, losing weight, and a cessation of smoking.

If you have suffered from a BRAO in the past, you may need more frequent vision examinations.