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  • Can my vision return to normal after BRVO?


    Question:

    I am a 63 and was diagnosed with branch retinal vein occlusion in the right eye resulting in macular edema. The doctor said that it developed a long time ago, but I did not know it. I was given Accentrix about 10 days ago. Can my vision return to normal and how soon would this happen?


    Answer:

    Accentrix (or ranibixuma) is a medication that blocks a chemical factor that stimulates leakage from retinal blood vessels. It has been proven to be helpful for patients with macular edema from a branch retinal vein occlusion, meaning that it is more effective than no treatment and more effective than laser treatment. The research studies that showed this benefit involved multiple injections, given monthly. Only about one half of patients receiving the treatment had significant improvement at 6 months vs. one quarter of patients who did not receive the medication. Unfortunately, recovery of normal vision is infrequent, particularly if your doctor felt the vision loss was longstanding.


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