• How long should my mother continue receiving injections for branch retinal vein occlusion?


    Question:

    My mother has received eye injections for two years for branch retinal vein occlusion. She is 88 and feels her vision is very good. She doesn't require glasses for reading, watching television, or even to get her driver's license. Since the injections are not a cure, should they be continued?


    Answer:

    For many patients with branch retinal vein occlusion (blockage of small veins in the back of the eye) several injections are necessary to stabilize the condition. Ophthalmologists consider not only the vision, but also how the eye appears on examination and imaging to determine if continuing treatment is needed to maintain her good vision. If her vision is good after two years of injections, she should discuss with her ophthalmologist why she needs to continue treatment. A second opinion is another option.


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