What are Risk Factors for Retinal Vein Occlusion?

What are Risk Factors for Retinal Vein Occlusion?

Retinal Vein Occlusion (RVO) can affect anyone, but certain factors increase your risk of developing it.

  • These can be broadly categorized into two groups: modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors.

Modifiable risk factors: 

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Sleep apnea
    • The above risk factors can all lead to damage of blood vessels throughout the body and increase the risk of blood clots, both of which can contribute to RVO.
  • Certain medications
    • Some medications, such as oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy, can slightly increase the risk of RVO, especially in individuals with other risk factors.

Non-modifiable risk factors: 

  • Family history: If you have a close family member with RVO, you may be at slightly higher risk than the general population.
  • Certain medical conditions: Conditions like glaucoma, high blood viscosity, and blood clotting disorders can also increase the risk of RVO, particularly in younger patients.

Key Takeaways:

  • While some risk factors for retinal vein occlusion are beyond your control, many are modifiable.
  • Taking steps to control your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels, maintaining a healthy weight, quitting smoking, and managing sleep apnea can significantly reduce your risk of RVO.

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