Carotid Artery Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment
Your ophthalmologist or primary care doctor may want you to have certain tests if you are at risk for carotid artery disease.
Tests may include certain types of scans of the body. Those scans can show how well blood is flowing through your carotid arteries. Your ophthalmologist might dilate (widen) your pupils and examine the back of your eye to check for blocked blood vessels.
How is carotid artery disease treated?
Your doctors will work as a team to treat carotid artery disease. Your treatment may include:
- blood-thinning medications (such as aspirin) to help prevent blood clots
- medicine to lower your blood pressure
- surgery to remove a blocked section of the carotid artery